The Scandinavian Medical Alcohol Board(SMAB) hosted the conference in Stockholm on October 30th 1998 at which
some of the leading scientists in the field of alcohol and health
discussed important issues about alcohol and womens' health.
Prof Calle Bengtsson, Sweden discussed alcohol and diabetes. In the prospective population study of women in Gothenburg,
which began in 1968/69 the incidence of diabetes was lowest in
women who drank at least weekly and highest in abstainers. Fasting
serum insulin concentration at baseline was statistically lower
in women drinking weekly, suggesting that moderate consumption
has a favourable effect on insulin metabolism in women, and may
have a protective effect with respect to diabetes.