Drinking alcohol may be good for the heart, study says
Moderate alcohol consumption may reduce risk of heart failure among older adults, according to new study data in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.Moderate drinkers — those who had one to six drinks a week — had about an 18% lower risk of developing heart failure than those who don't drink at all, the study found. Those consuming 7 to 10 drinks per week reduced their risk of heart failure by 34%.
Researchers studied nearly 6,000 Medicare beneficiaries nationwide for 7 to 10 years. The Cardiovascular Health Study, which was launched in 1989, followed the health status of Medicare recipients nationwide.