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July 11, 2001

Alcohol Use as a Prognostic Factor Following Myocardial Infarction—Reply

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

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

In Reply: Dr Green misinterprets the meaning of the CIs in our article. While the upper limits of the CIs do cross 1.0 (specifically 1.03 and 1.05), not all values within a CI are equally compatible with the data.1 In fact, our results are most consistent with the moderate inverse association between alcohol consumption and mortality that we described. The tests of trend we present, which have better power to assess this relationship, also statistically support our conclusions.

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