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A glass of wine a day can protect heart

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A Glass of Wine a Day Can Protect Heart. A new study has suggested that in middle-aged men, drinking up to seven small glasses of wine or about three...

London: A new study has suggested that in middle-aged men, drinking up to seven small glasses of wine or about three and a half pints of beer a week was associated with a 20 per cent lower risk of developing heart failure when compared to teetotalers.

The study at Harvard Medical School also found that the apparent protective effects were more marginal in women, but up to seven drinks a week still gave moderate female drinkers a 16 per cent reduced risk of heart failure over their non-drinking counterparts, the Independent reported.

Researcher Scott Solomon said that these findings suggest that drinking alcohol in moderation does not contribute to an increased risk of heart failure and may even be protective.

He added that the study shows there is an association between drinking moderate amounts of alcohol and a lower risk of heart failure but this does not necessarily mean that moderate alcohol consumption causes the lowered risk, although they did adjust their results to take account for a variety of other lifestyle factors.

The study also seemed to suggest that those who had been heavy drinkers in their youth were at greater risk of developing heart failure later in life as the researchers found that former drinkers had the highest risk of developing heart failure, a 19 per cent and 17 per cent increased risk among men and women respectively compared with abstainers.

The research is published in the European Heart Journal.

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