Information Bleg

A reader asks where the information comes from that the risks from drinking only exceed those of being teetotal above 63 units a week.

I\’ve got as far as this:

Seven years earlier, in 1993, a study of 12,000 middle-aged, male doctors led by Sir Richard Doll and a team at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, found that the lowest mortality rates – lower even than teetotallers – were among those drinking between 20 and 30 units of alcohol each week.The level of drinking that produced the same risk of death as that faced by a teetotaller was 63 units a week, or roughly a bottle of wine a day.

Does anyone know what that paper is called, and if it\’s available on the web?

Excellent work chaps, thank you. The paper has arrived both by email (Tim Daw, Ta!) and in the comments below (So Much, thank you).

 

2 comments on “Information Bleg

  1. Could it be

    Doll R, Peto R, Hall E, Wheatley K, Gray R. Mortality in relation to consumption of alcohol: 13 years’ observations on male British doctors. BMJ 1994;309:911-8. (8 October.)?

    I think this is the Full Text version:

    http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/309/6959/911?ijkey=23ab346839d8b20e6c195d9a3934a6e90ed40ac4&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha

    or at least an abstract.

    There are follow up letters here

    http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/310/6975/325?ijkey=2dc07155d41b1364a124474b313b00cd73b6669a&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha

    and here:

    http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/310/6977/470/b

    Or it might be this one:

    http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/dyh369v1

  2. Ah hem. No thanks necessary. Entirely a pleasure, but of course some of us may be using a pseudonym for a reason….

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