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Revista Uruguaya de Cardiología

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ROMERO, CARLOS. OH, el alcohol. Rev.Urug.Cardiol. [online]. 2007, vol.22, n.3, pp.214-233. ISSN 1688-0420.

SUMMARY Exaggerated alcohol consumption is deleterious for health; nevertheless, some cardiovascular benefits in relation with moderate alcohol consumption, especially wine, have been shown. The relation of cardiovascular risks and alcohol consumption has the shape of a J curve: in relation to the risks of abstainers, moderate alcohol consumption is associated with benefits, but as the amount of alcohol consumption increases, benefits become harm. Optimal alcohol consumption seems to be smaller than usually accepted, less than one drink a day. Besides the amount of alcohol consumed, we discuss certain not well known topics, such as if alcohol itself or certain components of wine, or different types of wine or other beverages are responsible of benefits or risks, how alcohol consumption affects men or women, the pattern of consumption, usual or sporadic, with or without meals, and the role of alcohol consumption in different clinical situations, as well as the probable mechanisms of its cardiovascular effects

Palabras clave : ALCOHOL;  WINE; RISK FACTORS.

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