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July 11, 2001

Alcohol Use as a Prognostic Factor Following Myocardial Infarction

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(2):165. doi:10.1001/jama.286.2.165

To the Editor: Dr Mukamal and colleagues1 reported that moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of mortality following acute myocardial infarction. This conclusion, however, is not warranted by their data. While unadjusted mortality was significantly less among drinkers than abstainers, this difference became statistically nonsignificant after adjustment. All the adjusted hazard ratios, regardless of the volume of alcohol consumed or the type of adjustment, had 95% confidence intervals (CIs) that included 1.0.