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Alcohol drinking and risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Tavani A, et al. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2001.


OBJECTIVE: To analyse the relation between alcohol intake and the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).

DESIGN: Hospital-based case-control study.

SETTINGS: The greater Milan area and the province of Pordenone, Northern Italy.

SUBJECTS: Cases were 446 (256 men and 190 women) with histologically confirmed incident NHL, and controls were 1295 (791 men and 504 women) with acute non-neoplastic conditions.

RESULTS: Compared to non-drinkers, the odds ratio (OR) was 0.92 for <3 drinks per day, 0.98 for 3-6 drinks, and 1.02 for > or =7 drinks per day. Wine drinking was also not associated with risk, and the OR was 0.85 for drinkers of > or =7 drinks/day compared to non-drinkers. Beer and spirit intake was also not associated with NHL risk.

CONCLUSIONS: Our study, based on a population with relatively high alcohol intakes, indicates that there is no appreciable association between intake of various alcoholic beverages and the risk of NHL.

SPONSORSHIP: Italian Association for Research on Cancer, Milan, Italy.


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