High-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and types of alcoholic beverages consumed among men and women

Donna R. Parker, Janice B. McPhillips, Carol A. Derby, Kim M. Gans, Thomas M. Lasater, Richard A. Carleton

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Objectives. Differences by sex in the relationship between high-density- lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and consumption of alcoholic beverages were examined in 1516 individuals. Methods. Questionnaires and blood-sample data from cross-sectional surveys were analyzed. Results. Both beer and liquor were independently associated with increased HDL cholesterol in the total group, in men, and in women after covariates were controlled for. Wine was associated with a significant increase in HDL cholesterol in women only. Conclusions. Among women and men, amount may be more important than type of alcoholic beverage consumed. The independent effect of wine on HDL cholesterol among men remains unclear since few men in this population consumed wine exclusively or in large quantities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1022-1027
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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