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Arthur L. Klatsky, MD, visited Colombia to explain the moderate alcohol consumption concept

26 November 2009

Bogotá, November 25th, 2009. The Centro de Estudios Sociales (CES) of Universidad Nacional de Colombia through its program "Pactos por la Vida: Saber Vivir, Saber Beber"1, with the support of Bavaria - within its social responsibility programs and to ensure that Colombians make informed decisions on alcohol (www.hablemosdealcohol.com) - brought Arthur L. Klatsky, MD, to Colombia, in order to illustrate different stakeholders groups about the concept of moderation. Dr. Klatsky is a US cardiologist, pioneer on alcohol research.

Dr. Klatsky - BA (Yale University), MD (Harvard University) - is a Senior consultant on cardiology and adjunct investigator of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, in Oakland, California. He has worked as Cardiology Chief in Oakland from 1978 to 1994, and led the Coronary Care unit between 1968 and 1990. Since 1977, he has been the Main Researcher of studies on the relation between alcoholic beverages and health, and has written and led conferences on this topic extensively. In 1992, he received his first award - the Thomas B. Turner Award to Research Excellence. In 1995, the National Academies of Practice named him Distinguished Practitioner. Since 1997, he has been Senior Editor Senior of The Permanente Journal. In 2004, he was granted the Morris Collen Award for a Lifetime Research Achievement. In 2008, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation.

After more than four decades of investigations made, Dr. Klatsky has concluded that:
- Moderate consumption is the intake of two alcohol beverages per day by men, and one by women.
- Under these conditions - and depending on the characteristics of each person - this moderate consumption can reduce the risk of myocardial infarction and may increase the level of positive cholesterol (HDL) that protects and helps with blood vessel cleaning.
- Moderate alcohol consumption does not generate addiction.
- The consumption patterns exceeding these quantities result in multiple negative effects on health, including the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

His first publication on inverse relationship between alcohol drinking and coronary disease in 1974 was cited in 1995 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as one of the 16 obliged reference articles for the world scientist community.

Klatsky's experience is based on investigations and evaluations of clinical histories of more than 200,000 persons, in more than 40 years; these studies have been published in the main medical publications.  

For Klatsky "The benefits of moderate alcohol consumption are mainly evident in women above 50 and men above 40; furthermore, a better effect is achieved if alcohol beverages are consumed with meals, as there is better alcohol absorption, thus achieving a better effect".

Editor Notes
The "Pactos Por la Vida: Saber Vivir, Saber Beber" ("Pacts for life: Know to Live, Know to Drink") program seeks to position a quality seal that ranks the contribution to reduction of harm and the minimization of risks associated, in the day to day life, to abusive alcohol consumption.

Bavaria S. A. is the largest beverage company of Colombia. Its brands Águila, Águila Light, Club Colombia, Cola & Pola, Costeña, Costeñita, Peroni, Pilsen, Póker, Redd's and Pony Malta are leaders in their respective beverage categories in Colombia.

For additional information please contact:
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Juan David Lee Aguirre - Juan.Lee@bav.sabmiller.com
Phone +57-1-638 9290 - Bogotá, D.C.
BAVARIA S.A.
http://www.bavaria.com.co/

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on http://www.sabmiller.com/. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.  

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on 25th November.

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