According to a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), drinking a little alcohol every day may be part of a healthy lifestyle. He says it doesn’t matter much what you drink either; wine, liquor or beer. He notes that “It’s primarily the alcohol that leads to more good cholesterol, among other things. But alcohol can also cause higher blood pressure. So it’s best to drink moderate amounts relatively often.”
He has two studies on the relationship between alcohol and heart health. The one published in the International Journal of Cardiology is on heart failure, while the other one is on acute myocardial infarction was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Both cases show that people who regularly drink alcohol have better cardiovascular health that those who consume little or no alcohol.
Specifically, those who drank three to five drinks per week were 33 percent less prone to heart failure than those who abstained or drank infrequently. In the case of heart attacks, the risk appears to be reduced by 28 percent with each additional one-drink increment. However, drinking isn’t necessary for a healthy heart.
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