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Nothing new in Lancet’s “ultimate” alcohol consumption study


A recent Lancet article claimed to be the ultimate study proving that moderate alcohol consumption has no beneficial cardiovascular effects.


However, this review of articles from the British Medical Journal places that Lancet study in context of many other alcohol consumption research publications.


The context indicates that the Lancet study is nothing new and is simply one more data point among many.


The BMJ review article is one of many which all show inconsistent results resulting from invalid data collected from the notoriously invalid practice of using memory based recall data.


The chart below is a forest plot (aka blobbogram). This link tells you more and explains how to interpret the presentation


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Source: British Medical Journal with annotation from analysis of Lancet study.