Alcohol May Reduce Men's Heart Risk
Study Shows Moderate Drinking Cuts Risk of Heart Disease in Men by 51%
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While the type of alcoholic beverage consumed, overall, did not have an
effect on the level of risk reduction, the researchers found the protection
greater for those drinking moderate to high levels of alcohol, which included
beverages other than wine alone.
The study results replicate many other studies, according to Kristi
Reynolds, PhD, MPH, a research scientist and epidemiologist at the Kaiser
Permanente Southern California Medical Group. But she points out that heavy
alcohol consumption carries many risks.
In an email, she writes that heavy alcohol consumption has been shown in
other studies to lead to increased illness and death from other causes.
"Therefore, the implications of these findings should be examined cautiously.
Advice regarding alcohol consumption should be tailored to the individual
patient's risks and the potential benefit."