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[Correspondence] Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption

Angela M Wood and colleagues1 conclude that all-cause mortality is higher in people consuming 100–200 g alcohol per week than in people consuming 0–100 g alcohol per week. However, data on p38 of the appendix suggest that this is only true for people who consume alcohol twice a week or less. For those who consume alcohol more often, consuming up to 200 g per week does not seem to increase mortality, as long as the individual does not engage in binge drinking behaviour. People consuming alcohol more than 2 days a week had lower mortalities than those consuming alcohol 2 days a week or less, if they consumed the same amount of alcohol.