Table 1: Baseline demographics by alcohol consumption level, Aerobics Center for Longitudinal Study (ACLS), 1974–2002.

Alcohol consumption (drinks/week)
Nondrinkers (0)Quartile 1 (1–3)Quartile 2 (4–6)Quartile 3 (7–13)Quartile 4 (≥14)

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Age (years)43.63 (9.65)42.15 (9.15)42.34 (9.07)42.95 (9.23)43.62 (9.13)
Alcohol (drinks/week)02.01 (0.76)5.00 (0.87)9.65 (1.93)24.62 (13.64)
Body mass index (kg/m2)26.65 (4.29)26.63 (4.02)26.36 (3.65)26.28 (3.45)26.42 (3.35)
Maximal treadmill time (min)17.24 (5.15)18.33 (4.89)18.14 (4.90)18.50 (4.84)17.78 (4.83)
Current smokers (%)10.6214.1819.5022.0329.09
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg)121 (13)121 (13)121 (13)121 (13)122 (13)
Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg)81 (10)80.91 (9.47)80.52 (9.35)81.17 (9.41)81.90 (9.53)
Hypertension (%)a30.8628.3228.1030.3534.49
Fasting glucose (mg/dL)99.14 (18.92)99.20 (16.52)98.80 (14.50)99.74 (14.50)101.13 (14.19)
Diabetes (%)b4.584.924.704.374.91
Total cholesterol (mg/dL)205.80 (38.56)203.21 (39.88)205.42 (38.29)209.58 (39.16)217 (40.42)
Triglycerides (mg/dL)141.09 (104.59)137.20 (106.77)132.02 (94.37)134.63 (101.78)144.54 (105.24)
Hyperlipidemia (%)c29.4926.5626.0328.4635.57
Unhealthy (%)d49.6346.8145.6948.6855.93
Family history of CVD (%)26.9623.9125.4524.6928.44

aDefined as systolic or diastolic blood pressure ≥140/90 mmHg or history of physician diagnosis.
bDefined as fasting glucose ≥126 mg/dl or history of physician diagnosis.
cDefined as fasting total cholesterol ≥240 mg/dl or triglyceride ≥200 mg/dL.
dDefined as presence of one or more of following diseases: hypertension, diabetes, or hyperlipid.