Add high alcohol consumption to the list of factors that can contribute to higher risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A newly published analysis of results from 11 cohort studies finds that the risk increases with consumption of 15 to 20 grams of alcohol per day.
Other more established risk factors for an aneurysm in the main blood vessel supplying the abdomen, pelvis and legs include smoking and increasing age. The latest analysis found that the risk at high levels of alcohol consumption was stronger for men than for women.
Regarding the association between drinking and aneurysm risk, study senior author Darren Greenwood commented, “The association is fairly weak and the evidence is not strong for alcohol either decreasing or increasing the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm by very much. If people want to stay healthy and active for longer, the biggest improvement they can make is to quit smoking.”
Study results were published in the British Journal of Surgery.