Alcohol - in moderation - could be good for heart health

23 February 2011

Consuming alcohol in moderation could be good for heart health, it has been claimed.

According to new research published in the British Medical Journal, moderate drinkers have a 14 to 25 per cent reduction in risk of developing heart disease when compared to those who have never drunk alcohol in their lives.

However, healthcare professionals have warned that this is not a licence to start drinking - especially for those who are already suffering from cardiovascular problems.

The meta-study looked at a total of 84 studies conducted between 1980 and 2009 and found that regular moderate drinking - less than a pint of beer - had a positive effect on the number of stroke deaths and heart problems.

"Dose-response analysis revealed that the lowest risk of coronary heart disease mortality occurred with 1-2 drinks a day, but for stroke mortality it occurred with less than one drink per day," the researchers claimed.

Heavier drinking, however, dramatically increases a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

New World Health Organization figures show that one in 15 men in the UK can be classified as having a drink problem.

1 Ronksley, Paul et al. "Association of alcohol consumption with selected cardiovascular disease outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis". British Medical Journal. Tuesday, February 22nd 2011.

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