More Evidence to Support Benefits of Moderate Drinking


Published Date : Jul 03, 2014

Many studies previously have suggested that drinking a cup of wine in a day tends to have heart benefits. However, two large studies published last month support this evidence further. The studies suggest the moderate drinking can help to contribute towards heart health.

In the first large research, over 52 countries around the world were covered. While the second study was held in Scandinavia, it indicated a link between the low to moderate consumption of alcohol to decreased risk of heart attack or life-threatening disorder in the main artery connected to the heart.

However, the preventive effects from moderate drinking were not universal around Asia. It was also not clear what types of alcohol offer the same benefits. Both the studies urge further research on the matter. But, both the studies also found an increased risk of damage when the drinking goes above the moderate level.

When compared to no drinking, current alcohol use was linked to a 13% lowered risk of heart attack on an average in most regions with the exception of some South Asian nations such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India.

Having six or more drinks in a span of 24 hours was linked to a 40% increased risk of heart attack, particularly in people over the age of 65.

The findings suggest that caution needs to be taken when recommending the low to moderate level of alcohol consumption. Alcohol may not be protective for all people, as alcohol has also been linked as a cause for certain cancers.