A drink or two in middle age can cut heart disease risk

March 8th, 2008 - 12:47 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): Middle aged non-drinkers may finally have a reason to add a tipple to their daily diet, for a new study has shown that middle-aged people who start drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, especially wine, may cut their risk of having a heart ailment.

The team of researchers from Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina examined 7,697 people between 45 to 64 years who were non-drinkers and who were participating in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study.

During the study, 6 percent began of the individuals began drinking moderate alcohol (1 drink per day or fewer for women and 2 drinks per day or fewer for men).

The findings revealed that after 4 years, these moderate drinkers had lowered the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 38 percent.

The study also found that those who consumed only wine had the most significant reduction in cardiovascular events.

A substantial cardiovascular benefit from adopting moderate alcohol drinking in middle age appears supported by the current study, said Dr Dana E. King.

Any such benefit must be weighed with caution against the known ill consequences of alcohol consumption. While caution is clearly warranted, the current study demonstrated that new moderate drinking lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease without an increase in mortality in a four-year follow up period.

The study appears in The American Journal of Medicine. (ANI)

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