Alcohol and Heart Disease - Topic Overview
Low to moderate alcohol use (no more
than 2 drinks a day for men, 1 drink a day for women) might lower the risk of
coronary artery disease.
If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. But if you do not drink alcohol, do not start drinking to try to lower your risk of heart disease. You have many other options that can lower your risk. These options include a healthy diet, exercise, and not smoking. Talk to your doctor about your heart and the benefits and risks of drinking alcohol.
Equivalents of 1 alcohol drink
12 fl oz (355 mL)
5 fl oz (148 mL)
1.5 fl oz (44 mL)
Drinking too much alcohol can be dangerous and can cause problems.
Having more than 1 alcohol drink a day for women or more than 2 drinks a day
for men may:
People who have liver problems, heart failure, high blood pressure,
certain blood disorders, or problems with alcohol abuse should not drink any