TABLE 3

RR of type 2 diabetes in relation to pattern of alcohol use among drinkers: the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, 1986–1998

Quantity of consumption divided into groups by frequencyCasesPerson-yearsRR
Age and BMI adjustedMultivariate†
1–2 drinking days per week
 <1 drink per drinking day13537,542Reference groupReference group
 1–1.9 drinks per drinking day8527,0000.91 (0.71–1.18)0.84 (0.63–1.12)
 2–2.9 drinks per drinking day12540,2180.85 (0.67–1.09)0.80 (0.62–1.03)
 >3 drinks per drinking day8828,0830.81 (0.62–1.05)0.84 (0.64–1.10)
3–4 drinking days per week
 <1 drink per drinking day2310,0240.68 (0.48–0.96)0.67 (0.43–1.04)
 1–1.9 drinks per drinking day8630,1670.89 (0.69–1.16)0.82 (0.62–1.08)
 2–2.9 drinks per drinking day4721,4100.66 (0.48–0.91)0.67 (0.48–0.94)
 ≥3 drinks per drinking day3312,1370.73 (0.53–1.00)0.67 (0.45–0.98)
≥5 drinking days per week
 <1 drinks per drinking day117,0930.46 (0.30–0.72)0.48 (0.27–0.85)
 1–1.9 drinks per drinking day12250,7110.74 (0.58–0.94)0.70 (0.54–0.90)
 2–2.9 drinks per drinking day6931,9860.63 (0.47–0.83)0.56 (0.42–0.76)
 ≥3 drinks per drinking day10239,5690.66 (0.51–0.86)0.59 (0.44–0.78)
  • Data are n or RR (95% CI). Quantity of consumption derived by dividing total grams of alcohol per week by the number of days alcohol is consumed each week. †RR controlled for age and BMI (seven categories each); smoking (pack-years: six categories); physical activity level; quintiles of dietary glycemic load, fiber, trans-fats and polyunsaturated fats, all energy adjusted; profession; history of diagnosed hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, coronary heart disease, or cancer; and family history of type 2 diabetes.