The study explored the effects of different types of alcohol on acute pancreatitis attacks, which declined in both Sweden and Finland when spirits sales declined even when sales of whine and beer increased.
For 10 years, researchers followed 84,601 people aged 46 to 84 in Vastmanland and Uppsala. During that time, 513 developed acute pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas most commonly caused by gallstones or too much boozing.
The risk also increased proportionally, researchers found. Drinking 20 cl. of spirits (6.76 US fluid ounces or five standard Swedish measures) on a single occasion increased the likelihood of an attack by 52%. Drinking more than five 15 cl. glasses of wine (5 oz.) or five 33 cl. beers (11 oz.) on a single occasion did not increase the risk.
The Upshot: If you're prone to pancreatitis, cut out the boozing -- but you shouldn't need a team of Swedish researchers to tell you that.