About the database

The Beer & Health Database is part of the European Beer & Health platform.

Abstracts and overview

The database contains the original abstracts from scientific publications mostly published since 2000. A comprehensive overview of the current state of knowledge on moderate beer consumption and health is given in the booklet "Beer and health: Moderate consumption in a healthy lifestyle", which is available on the website www.beerandhealth.eu and in the "media" section of this database.

Find information

Specific information can be found through the search tool on the left side. You can perform a general search or an advanced search by completing the relevant boxes. You can also search by topic, e.g. cardiovascular disease or diabetes, by using the menu bar on top of this website.

Full-text articles

Abstracts are freely accessible. Full-text access depends on your subscription to the associated scientific journal. In case you are interested in an article, please contact The Brewers of Europe at mas@brewersofeurope.org.


The following main inclusion and exclusion criteria are used regarding the selection of scientific literature:

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
  • Moderate alcohol/beer consumption
  • Non-alcoholic beer consumption
  • Physical health
  • Non-communicable diseases (i.e. cardiovascular diseases and cancer), bodyweight, physical activity
  • Psychosocial and mental health:
  • Behaviour, wellbeing, anxiety, stress, depression
  • Alcohol metabolism in the body
  • Genes and alcohol
  • Nutritional aspects of beer and other alcoholic beverages
  • Heavy/excessive alcohol consumption
  • Alcohol-related diseases due to excessive drinking
  • In vitro research
  • Animal research
  • Drinking alcohol related to¬†pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Under-aged drinking (<18 years) except when linked to brain development
  • Drinking alcohol and driving
  • Public health interventions

Kennisinstituut Bier

Kennisinstituut Bier (The Dutch Beer Institute), the scientific institute on beer and health based in the Netherlands, developed and maintains the Beer & Health Database.
Kennisinstituut Bier gathers scientific information on the health effects of responsible beer consumption and facilitates further research, in order to fill any gaps in what is known on that topic. It also develops materials for Dutch health professionals (educational) on the biomedical, psychosocial and nutritional aspects of responsible beer consumption.
More information on Kennisinstituut Bier is presented here.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee is composed of seven outstanding experts with expertise in the different branches of alcohol research. Regarding this database the Scientific Committee checked (by sample) whether it covers all existing relevant papers since 2000.

Dr. Ramon Estruch
Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Spain
Expertise: Mediterranean Diet, wine, beer, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, inflammation

Dr. Henk Hendriks
Consultant, the Netherlands
Expertise: Nutrition intervention studies, functional food evaluation.

Prof. Frans Kok
Emeritus professor of Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Expertise: Diet in disease prevention, energy balance and body composition

Dr. Vincenzo Solfrizzi
Geriatric Medicine and Memory Unit, University of Bari, "A. Moro", Italy
Expertise: Mediterranean Diet, Cognitive decline, Predementias, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

Dr. Corina-Aurelia Zugravu
University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Romania
Expertise: Public health nutrition, health promotion and dietary intake evaluation

The Brewers of Europe

The costs to set up and maintain the database are covered by The Brewers of Europe.