PHILIP C. CRAVEN, M.D.
To the editor: In the paper on the carefully done study on alcohol and mortality by Klatsky and colleagues (1) in the August issue, Table 3 shows that death rates for cirrhosis and accidents were higher in the group reporting no alcohol use in the past year than in those reporting two or fewer drinks per day. This anomaly suggests that the no-drinks group might be contaminated by drinkers who were unwilling to admit to their habit or who later became drinkers. Exclusion of past heavy drinkers (Table 4) does not solve the problem. I wonder if some of the
CRAVEN PC. Alcohol and Mortality. Ann Intern Med. ;95:780–781. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-6-780
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(6):780-781.
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