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An article was recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that looks at the relationship of alcohol consumption and the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The authors studied this relationship in Australians — with a 83% reported rate of alcohol consumption, they couldn’t have found a better population to study.
The authors examined 20,963 subjects aged 40 to 69 over a 3 year time period. (That a lot of people!)
They found that drinking more than 20 g of alcohol per day (more than 2 drinks) was associated a ~20% increase in the odds of developing early AMD when compared with non-drinkers. It did not matter if the alcohol came in the form of wine, beer or spirits, the result was the same. There was also no difference found between men and women — both were at risk with high alcohol consumption.
We’ve all heard that drinking a glass of wine per day may be good for our hearts. Well unfortunately, this study found no protective effect for the eye with mild wine consumption. Also, there was no evidence that those who concentrated their consumption into fewer days had higher odds of early AMD than those who drank every day.
Reading this, do you think you or someone you know needs to cut back on drinking?
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