Alcohol consumption and risk of incident human immunodeficiency virus infection: a meta-analysis.
Alcohol intake may elevate an individual's risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
This meta-analysis examined the effect of alcohol consumption on the risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Researchers compiled data obtained from 10 studies.
Data analysis revealed that the odds of acquiring HIV infection was 77% higher in alcohol consumers than in never-drinkers. This study provides evidence that alcohol consumption may be one of the harmful lifestyle habits that contribute significantly to the soaring rates of HIV incidence globally.