Drink To Your Health

Drink To Your Health
Moderate alcohol consumption is more than just okay - it could actually reduce your risk of heart disease. So, drink up!

Are you worried that pint of beer, glass of wine or whisky on the rocks will sidetrack your fitness goals and ruin your health? Don't be. Go ahead and have a drink tonight, if you like.

A plethora of research already suggests that moderate alcohol intake provides a laundry list of health benefits, particularly where the heart is concerned. As if that wasn't enough to justify imbibing, a new study of nearly 15,000 adult men and women showed that drinking up to seven drinks a week is associated with a lower risk of developing future heart failure when compared to not drinking at all.

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers analyzed data from 14,629 people, ages 45-64 years old, recruited to the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study in the late 1980s. They kept tabs on the participants for over 20 years (through the end of 2011), questioning them about their alcohol consumption at the start of the study as well as at each of three subsequent visits.

As measured in the follow-up period, more than 1,200 men and 1,200 women...

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