Alcohol consumption and liver cirrhosis mortality after lifting ban on beer sales in country with state alcohol monopoly

BACKGROUND: The objectives were to study alcohol consumption per capita and liver cirrhosis mortality in the population of Iceland.

METHODS: The Statistic Iceland website supplied alcohol sales figures and death rates.

RESULTS: The alcohol consumption increased 30% during the study period 1982-2009, because of increase in beer and wine, and decrease in spirits consumption. Chronic liver cirrhosis mortality increased significantly for men when comparing the 1982-88 rates (before beer ban was lifted) with the rates for 2003-09.

CONCLUSION: The findings do not support the suggestion that spirits consumption rather than the total alcohol consumption affect the cirrhosis mortality.

Additional Info

  • Authors:

    Tyrfingsson,T.; Olafsson,S.; Bjornsson,E.S.; Rafnsson,V.

  • Issue: Eur.J.Public Health; pii: cku127.
  • Published Date: 2014/7/31
  • More Information:

    For more information about this abstract, please contact
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Deutsche Weinakademie GmbH

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