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Best News Ever: One Drink a Day Is Better Than None

on 21/01/15 at 2:15 pm

Booze News
indexxxA comprehensive new study says that having one drink each day is no worse for you than abstaining.

No need to feel guilty about hitting the vino after work each night: a daily dose of alcohol is better for you than none at all. A new study has found that consuming seven drinks per week—the equivalent of one glass of wine or beer each night—can actually have a positive effect on the heart.

A major study of some 15,000 men and women found that moderate but frequent alcohol consumption in early to middle age could reduce the risk of heart failure—when the heart becomes too weak to pump blood around the body at the right pressure—by 20 percent for men and 16 percent for women. Surely this is as good an endorsement as any to rekindle one’s romance with a good Rioja?

While there are, of course, a vast number of risks associated with drinking, this research has been more comprehensive than most: the team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed data from its participants over the course of 25 years, investigating their alcohol intake during three visits made every three years. They categorized people into six groups: abstainers (who consumed no alcohol in between visits), former drinkers, people who had up to seven drinks a week, those who consumed 7-14 drinks during that time, and those who drank more than 21 alcoholic beverages weekly.