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Wine drinkers have healthier diets than beer drinkers


Wine drinkers have healthier diets than beer drinkers
January 20, 2006
Food buying habits of people who buy wine or beer: Cross
sectional study BMJ online first
People who buy wine also buy healthier food and therefore have
healthier diets than people who buy beer, finds a study published
online by the BMJ today.


Studies have shown that drinking wine is associated with lower
mortality than drinking beer or spirits. Some studies have also
suggested that wine drinkers have healthier diets than beer or
spirits drinkers, and this may explain wine's beneficial effect on
health.
To study this theory, researchers in Denmark investigated the
link between the purchase of beer and wine and various food items
from supermarkets.
They analysed 3.

5 million transactions chosen at random from 98
outlets of two large Danish supermarket chains over a six month
period (September 2002 to February 2003).
Customers were categorised as "wine only," "beer only," "mixed,"
or "non-alcohol" buyers. Details of items bought, the number and
price of the items, and the total charge for each customer's
transaction were recorded.
They found that wine buyers bought more olives, fruit and
vegetables, poultry, cooking oil, and low fat cheese, milk, and
meat than beer buyers.

Beer buyers bought more ready cooked dishes,
sugar, cold cuts, chips, pork, butter or margarine, sausages, lamb,
and soft drinks than wine buyers.
These results indicate that people who buy (and presumably
drink) wine purchase a greater number of healthy food items than
those who buy beer, say the authors. They also support findings
from the United States, Denmark, and France showing that wine
drinkers tend to eat fruit, vegetables, and fish and use cooking
oil more often and saturated fat less often than those who prefer
other alcoholic drinks.
The health benefits of drinking wine may be due to specific
substances in wine or to different characteristics of people who
drink other types of alcohol, they add.

Thus, it is crucial that
studies on the relation between alcohol intake and mortality adjust
for other lifestyle factors such as drinking patterns, smoking,
physical activity, education, or income.
BMJ-British Medical Journal

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