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Alcohol and Mortality: If You Drink, Do Not Forget Fruits and Vegetables

Paolo M. Suter
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2001.tb07020.x 293-297 First published online: 1 September 2001

Abstract

Moderate amounts of alcohol may have cardioprotective effects. Several studies reported a higher protection by the consumption of wine. The favorable effects of wine have been attributed to different polyphenol compounds, among others. However, these biochemical compounds are also found in other beverages. In view of the present evidence, there is no “right” or “wrong” drink, only a “right” and “wrong” drinking behavior regarding absolute amounts, drinking frequency, and accompanying lifestyle and eating pattern.