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Dec 6, 2005

Alcohol Heart Disease Link

Alcohol Heart Disease Link
Many who drink alcohol justify the use of alcohol to the beneficial effects of alcohol in prevention of coronary artery disease. More than a dozen previously published studies have demonstrated a consistent, strong, dose-response relation between increasing alcohol consumption and decreasing incidence of CHD. The protective effect of alcohol is similar in men and women and is present irrespective of the geographic location and ethnic groups. Studies suggest that consumption of one or two drinks per day is associated with a reduction in risk of approximately 30% to 50%.

Studies of coronary narrowing at cardiac catheterization or autopsy show a reduction in atherosclerosis in persons who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. This protective effect of alcohol is independent of other factors like diet and cigarette smoking.

So far good! A new research suggests that things may not be as fruity as above. Researchers from New Zealand say that the harmful effects of alcohol may offset any gain in benefit in coronary artery disease. They say that drinking a glass or two of wine a day may not be such a good idea. Their findings are published in the latest issue of the journal Lancet.

These researchers claim that past studies that showed beneficial effects of alcohol are flawed.

Indeed, there is more evidence that heavier drinking provides the most heart protection - alcoholics have relatively 'clean' arteries they say. But overdrinking may have its own health hazards including damage to the liver and development of cirrhosis. These researchers are warning not assume there is a window in which the health benefits of alcohol are greater than the harms. The health risks of alcohol definitely outweigh the risks the authors say.

The researchers conclude: The good news is that people can still enjoy alcohol in moderation, especially during the festive period. There is no evidence to suggest that light to moderate alcohol consumption will actually harm the heart. However over indulging can have an adverse effect on your health.

Daniel      


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Heart disease
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Heart Watch Blog: Alcohol Heart Disease Link

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