What’s the connection between drinking and pneumonia?

DrinkingHeavy drinkers more likely end up in the hospital with pneumonia than those who go easy on the alcohol, according to a recent study from Denmark.

Men who admitted they had more than 50 drinks a week were at higher risk of catching the infection of pneumonia.

The study actually is not the first to draw a line between alcohol and pneumonia.

Dr. Reimar Wernich Thomsen and his colleagues used data from a large Danish health study, which included more than 45,000 people age 50 to 64, who had never had pneumonia.

Men who drank more than 50 drinks each week were about 80 percent more likely to go to the hospital for pneumonia than those who had between one and six drinks each week, after taking into account factors like smoking and weight.

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