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