Research published recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that drinking alcohol may reduce the risk of ALS.
The study, which also affirmed that smoking may increase the risk of ALS, was a population-based analysis including almost 500 people with ALS.
The risk among drinkers was about half that of non-drinkers. The research did not, however, prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
Reviewers from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research, at Boston University, cautioned that the research should not be used to prompt people to consume alcohol in an effort to prevent ALS.
To learn more about the research, visit the ALSA Web site.
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