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The alcohol would help reduce cardiac risk in men

The alcohol would help reduce cardiac risk in men
The alcohol would help reduce cardiac risk in men

Regular consumption of alcohol would reduce by about one third the risk of CHD (myocardial infarction, angina pectoris) in men, according to a Spanish study.

The study examined more than 41,000 men and women aged 29 to 69 years (including 15,630 men), followed by ten years on average.

During this period, 609 cases of heart attacks (myocardial infarction) and other coronary events (angina pectoris) have been examined among 481 men and 128 women.

The men, moderate drinkers (5 to 30 grams of alcohol per day), heavy drinkers (30 to 90 grams per day) or very heavy drinkers (more than 90 grams per day), all had a risk of heart disease less than non-drinkers. For ex-drinkers, the risk was 10% lower than for non-drinkers.

It was less than 35% for small consumers (0 to 5 grams per day), 54% for moderate drinkers and half for large and very heavy drinkers.

For example, a 285 ml glass of beer (4.9% alcohol) is 11 grams of alcohol while a glass of wine (12% alcohol) is equivalent to 17.06 grams. The form of alcohol consumed (wine, beer) does not affect the level of protection, the authors note.

The effects of alcohol consumption among women are not statistically significant in the study, probably due to the low number of coronary events in this age group.

Despite noticing a good effect of alcohol on heart health, the authors point to the risks of alcohol abuse in terms of premature death and disease (cirrhosis, cancer etc.).


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