Alcohol consumption often leads to a lot of health problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) tells us that alcohol consumption is a causal factor for over 200 diseases and injury conditions.
Perhaps we all have that friend saying that alcohol is good for his health. Sometimes, it can be true, as long as you don’t exaggerate with those drinks. A new study has the potential to leave everyone speechless.
Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption could be beneficial
If you suffer from heart disease, you could try out some alcoholic beverages once in a while. Some benefits might occur, according to new research that Fox News writes about.
Over 48,000 patients were analyzed for the study. Thousands of them had a history of myocardial infarction, stroke, or angina.
The researchers wrote in their study, as quoted by Fox News:
While light-to-moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing multiple cardiovascular outcomes in general population cohorts, it is difficult to extend the posited cardio-protective effects to CVD patients because of their typically older age and compromised vasculature as well as the medications they take to prevent secondary events.
From the patients analyzed, former drinkers were separated from the current drinkers. The latter group was also broken into three groups: low-level, medium-level, and high-level drinkers.
J-curve relationships between mortality for those with cardiovascular disease and alcohol consumption were found. But the greatest reduction for all-cause mortality was found for patients dealing with light alcohol consumption.
The research team wrote, as also cited by Fox News:
In summary, our study shows that an alcohol intake up to about 105g (or equivalent to 13 UK units, with one unit equal to half a pint of beer/lager/cider, half a glass of wine, or one measure of spirits) a week is associated with lower risks of both mortality and subsequent cardiovascular events among CVD patients.
The new research was published in BMC Medicine.