A Little Alcohol Is Good for Your Heart

Good news for responsible drinkers! A drink or two a day could keep the heart doctor away, suggests a recently completed review of 30 years of medical research. Scientists at the University of Calgary examined 84 studies completed between 1980 and 2009, and found a 14% to 25% reduction in heart disease among moderate drinkers as compared to lifelong teetotalers. This was true no matter what form of alcohol people drank—wine, beer, or spirits.

In a separate study, the same Canadian team found that alcohol increases “good” cholesterol levels, as well as levels of adiponectin and apolipoprotein, compounds linked to a healthy heart.

However, while consuming small quantities of alcohol appears to have health benefits, heavy drinking increases the overall risk of mortality—from liver problems, accidents, cancer, and other illnesses.

“If you don’t drink, this is not a reason to start,” Cathy Ross, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, told BBC.com. “Similar results can be achieved by being physically active and eating a balanced and healthy diet.”

Source: BBC, British Medical Journal

Want to stay smart and healthy?

Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.

Fields marked with an * are required
Foods That Harm Foods That HealWant a Free eBook?
FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL offers important information about the role diet plays in the struggle against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Answer the question below to receive your FREE digital eBook.

Someone in my household experiences the following conditions:

Send me a link to download FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL:
By clicking below, I agree to the Trusted Media Brands Privacy Policy