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Women more at risk than men of smoking, drinking: Study

Published on May 28, 2013 6:11 AM
 
Women who smoke and drink heavily are at a higher risk of early death than men who do the same, a study said on Tuesday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

PARIS (AFP) - Women who smoke and drink heavily are at a higher risk of early death than men who do the same, a study said on Tuesday.

Data taken from a Europe-wide survey of some 380,000 people aged 40 and older, revealed that women faced a disproportional risk from the already well-known ill effects of heavy alcohol and tobacco use.

Of the group, followed over an average period of 12 years, 26,411 died during the study period, said a report by French researchers published in the journal Bulletin epidemiologique hebdomadaire (BEH).

On a risk scale that places never-smokers on level "1", the death risk rose to 1.38 for men who smoked one to 15 cigarettes per day, 1.86 for those who smoked 16 to 26, and 2.44 for those who smoked more.

 
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