People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop diabetes, study says

Posted August 24
Updated August 26

A recent study published by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes has recently discovered that those who frequently consume alcohol have a reduced risk of developing diabetes.

Meaning, if you’re the type who enjoys cracking open a cold beer after work or drinking a cocktail with dinner most nights of the week, then you very well could be lowering your risk for diabetes.

The study, conducted by Professor Janne Tolstrup and colleagues from the National Institute of Public Health of the University of Southern Denmark, examined the effects of drinking frequency on diabetes risk over the course of several years. Using data from the Danish Health Examination Survey, conducted between 2007 and 2008, over 70,000 participants were continually followed up with until 2012.

Danish citizens aged 18 and over completed the self-reporting questionnaire, which included questions regarding their lifestyle and health. Factors such as drinking patterns, the types of drinks consumed, age, sex, lifestyle habits, diet and even body mass index were all taken into consideration.

Anyone who had previously been diagnosed with diabetes, pregnant women or women who had recently given birth were excluded.

The data was then analyzed and researchers found that those with the lowest risk of developing diabetes were the survey participants who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol.

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Men who consume 14 drinks per week were found to have a 43 percent lower risk of developing diabetes relative to men who don’t consume any alcohol. Women who consume nine drinks per week had a 58 percent lower risk of developing diabetes compared to those who abstain from all alcoholic beverages.

When considering the frequency in which one consumes alcohol, the study’s data revealed that those who drink 3-4 days a week had the lowest risk of diabetes-a 27 percent lower risk in men and a 32 percent lower risk for women-compared to individuals who drink less than one alcoholic beverage per week.

And if you’re wondering what type of drink gives you the best chance of fending off diabetes, the authors of the study note that they really didn’t see much of a difference in those who drank wine, beer or spirits. Or perhaps even all three.

So next time you crack open an ice cold beer to complement your hot-off-the-grill dinner, you can enjoy it that much more knowing you’re likely lowering your risk of possibly developing diabetes. That is, if you do it consistently.

[h/t: Science Daily]

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  • sanada8110 Aug 27, 10:25 a.m.

    If your goal was to give alcoholics another excuse to keep drinking, bully for you, WRAL, for sharing this completely unscientific study. What a waste of space! Good news, may be lowering the risk of diabetes (doubtful)...but you'll still inflict a host of other diseases on your body (e.g. Cirrhosis of the liver)! How irresponsible to even publish this.

  • Woodrow Yonts Aug 26, 10:28 a.m.
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    I'll drink to that!

  • Tim Orr Aug 26, 9:55 a.m.
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    Age of 18 to what? So they followed the drinking habits of people that were 18 to 40 for 5 years? I didn't show any symptoms of being diabetic until I was in my 50s. So that sorta voids the whole study imo. What about the data showing how drinking affects people with diabetes compared to this study of people that might not be old enough to develop it yet? What about genetics? Seems to be a lot of variables left out of the study...or could it be just the report?