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Current ethanol consumption and cigarette smoking were quantified by questionnaire in Edinburgh and suburbs, Scotland, UK. Stringently matched cataract-control pairs (n = 990 and 858, respectively) were included. For ethanol, 'light and infrequent' consumption and 'light and frequent' were associated with a significantly lower risk of cataract than were total abstention and 'occasional' consumption; the prevalence of cataract rose with further increases in consumption, suggesting a U-shaped curve. For nuclear cataract, white in particular, there is a significant trend with amount consumed. Smoking was not found to be a risk factor.

Original publication

DOI

10.1159/000267909

Type

Journal article

Journal

Ophthalmic research

Publication Date

01/1996

Volume

28

Pages

237 - 247

Addresses

Department of Surgery, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Keywords

Humans, Cataract, Ethanol, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Case-Control Studies, Alcohol Drinking, Smoking, Temperance, Scotland, Surveys and Questionnaires