Drink frequency more important for health than exact quantity

alcohol and body

One glass of beer, wine or spirits per day reduces the risk of heart attack by one third, or so says a recently published study in a reputable scientific journal. The researchers demonstrated that not so much the quantity, more the frequency of the drink pattern makes the difference.

The 12-year study involved 40 000 healthy men between 40 and 75 years of age. Those who drank alcohol three or four times a week were 32 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack in comparison with the men who enjoyed alacohol less than once a week. Those who drank alcohol once or twice a week were 16 percent less at risk. The researchers found that half a glass per day has the same effect as two glasses, which is a surprising new discovery.

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine 2003; 348:109


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