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Moderate drinking ‘could have beneficial heart health impact’

23rd February 2016

New research has indicated that moderate levels of drinking could be better for the heart than total abstinence from alcohol.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology has carried out two studies examining the relationship between alcohol and heart health, with one focusing on heart failure and the other on acute myocardial infarction.

It was shown that people who drink wine, liquor or beer regularly are less prone to heart failure and heart attacks than those who rarely or never drink, with three to five drinks a week shown to be a beneficial amount.

However, it was also noted that drinking to excess should not be encouraged, as the risk of dying from various types of cardiovascular disease increased with about five drinks a week or more, while high alcohol consumption was also strongly associated with an increased risk of death from liver disease.

Imre Janszky, a professor of social medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said: "It's primarily the alcohol that leads to more good cholesterol, among other things. But alcohol can also cause higher blood pressure. So it's best to drink moderate amounts relatively often."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801813251-ADNFCR

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