Association between alcohol consumption and common cold prevalence

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An experimental study involving administration of the common cold virus and several cohort studies in Europe and Japan have revealed a statistically signifi-cant negative association between the frequency of alcohol consumption and prevalence of symptoms of common cold. Alcohol- and aldehyde-induced increases in blood flow, attenuation of psychological stress, or undetected factors involving daily habits of alcohol consumption may mediate such effects, which need to be further investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)998-1001
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Chest Diseases
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept


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  • Cohort study
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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