We thank Fink for his personal and professional interest in our work.1 As our analyses were primarily directed at the biological and clinical question of whether alcohol use is related to the occurrence of coronary heart disease, we chose incident coronary disease as our primary outcome. Our article did not, as Fink suggests, provide information on cause-specific mortality, which is a function of both incidence of disease and its case-fatality rate.
Mukamal KJ, Chiuve SE, Rimm EB. Does Alcohol Prevent Mortality or Does It Just Prevent Coronary Heart Disease?—Reply. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(9):970. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.9.970-b