An Alcoholic Drink A Day Could Keep Heart Disease At Bay

It seems like every week there's a study telling you whether or not it's healthy to consume alcohol. While it's pretty safe to say that heavy drinking is not a wise health choice, a fairly large-scale study published in European Heart Journal suggests that having about one drink a day could reduce the risk of heart disease.

Researchers followed the habits at nearly 15,000 middle-aged men and women over the course of about a quarter century. They found that drinking up to seven alcoholic drinks per week actually reduced the risk of heart disease compared with teetotalers, though the effect was stronger in men than in women.

Science Daily has more:

One drink was defined as 14 grams of pure alcohol, which winds up working out to a little less than the standard single class of wine, pint of beer, or shot of liquor.

Now, this study is an important reminder that association does not always equal causation; the study doesn't claim definitively that drinking booze will help prevent heart disease.

Still, it's useful information for the next time you want to indulge in a glass of red wine with dinner! As always, moderation is key.

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