Ascitic cirrhosis in relation to alcohol consumption

Int J Epidemiol. 1978 Jun;7(2):113-20. doi: 10.1093/ije/7.2.113.


The average daily alcohol consumption of 184 male patients with ascitic cirrhosis and a random population sample of 778 males was ascertained by interview. Relative risks of ascitic cirrhosis are calculated for different levels of daily alcohol consumption: the logarithm of risk is shown to be a linear function of consumption. The proportion of cases attributable to alcohol is calculated and shown to be over 90%. The potential saving of ascitic cirrhosis if individual consumption of alcohol does not exceed 40g. per day is estimated at 80%.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking*
  • Alcoholism / complications
  • Humans
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Alcoholic / etiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk