Moderate drinking helps young people’s hearts

One or two drinks a day can curb heart disease risk

New research shows that moderate drinking, generally defined as one or two alcoholic drinks per day, can reduce the risk of heart disease in younger adults, Reuters reports. Heart disease is very rare in men under 40 and women under 50, so it’s been hard to study the effects of alcohol consumption on heart disease risk in these people. But Dr. Alberto Ascherio of the Harvard School of Public Health looked at data from eight studies including over 192,000 women and almost 75,000 men (men’s average age was 50; women’s was 54) and found that consuming 30 grams of alcohol a day reduced the risk of heart disease for women by 42 per cent and cut men’s risk by 31 per cent.


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