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Risk of injury and the consumption of different types of beverage: Is there an association?
  1. E Plugge,
  2. L Fletcher,
  3. S Stewart-Brown
  1. Health Services Research Unit, University of Oxford, Institute of Health Sciences, Oxford, UK
  1. Emma Plugge, (emma.plugge{at}

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The health benefits of moderate consumption and the damaging consequences of excessive consumption of alcohol are well documented.1 Injury is an important alcohol related health problem but while the role of alcohol in particular types of injury has been studied,2 there is little information on particular types of alcoholic beverage and injuries. This contrasts with the literature on cardiovascular disease and alcohol where the relation with the consumption of different beverages has been extensively explored. The evidence here indicates that there is no specific benefit associated with one type of beverage; the extra benefit associated with wine in some studies can be explained by different drinking patterns.1

We looked at data from a community survey to explore for the first time, the relation between the risk of non-fatal injury and the consumption of particular types of beverage.


We analysed data obtained from the 1997 Oxford Healthy Lifestyle Survey.3 This was carried out on a sample of 18–64 year olds randomly selected from the computerised general practitioner records for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire in England. …

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  • Funding: the Health Services Research Unit is largely funded by the NHS Executive (South East). Emma Plugge is paid by the NHS training budget.

  • Conflicts of interest: none.