Monash University study reveals moderate drinking protective against heart disease

Monash University researchers have found that moderate drinking of alcohol is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a lowering of mortality from all causes in comparison to teetotallers.

The study observed more than 18,000 people in the US and Australia over the age of 70 and is the first to investigate the risk of CVD events and mortality, from all causes, associated with alcohol consumption in initially healthy, older individuals.

Participants were followed for an average of 4.7 years and the study found that there was a reduced risk of CVD events for individuals consuming alcohol of 51–100 grams, 101–150 grams and >150 g/week, compared to never consuming alcohol, regardless of gender.

Source: Staff, S. X. (2021, November 5). Study reveals moderate drinking protective against heart disease. Medical Xpress.

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