Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 14763
  Title Alcohol and low-back pain: a systematic literature review [review]
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000 Jun;23(5):343-346
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Review
Abstract/Notes BACKGROUND: The role of lifestyle factors is an important issue in the prevention and treatment of disease. Although certain lifestyle factors in relation to low-back pain have evoked much interest, interest has not focused on alcohol consumption. An appraisal of the epidemiologic literature seems warranted.

OBJECTIVES: To establish if there is evidence in the literature for a causal link between alcohol consumption and low-back pain.

Data Sources: Nine original research reports published between 1987 and 1995 were obtained through a MEDLINE search for the years 1992 to 1998, with various combinations of the terms "alcohol," "substance abuse," "life-style, " "risk factor," "epidemiology" and "low back pain." An additional manual search was made of relevant bibliographies without limitation for year of publication.

Data Synthesis: A systematic review was made of the epidemiologic literature to uncover any evidence for a causal relation between alcohol consumption and low-back pain.

RESULTS: None of the studies reported a positive link between alcohol consumption and low-back pain, and no positive gradient was found in studies that included an analysis of the dose-response. None of the studies was prospective in design.

CONCLUSIONS: Alcohol consumption does not seem to be associated with low-back pain, but well-designed specific alcohol/low-back pain-centered studies are lacking.

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