Moderate drinking might have newly confirmed benefits. A study by the American College of Cardiology sheds new light on wine’s influence on cardiovascular health.The study, titled “Alcohol Consumption and All-Cause, CV, and Cancer-Related Mortality” focused on the association between alcohol consumption and risk of mortality from all causes, cancer and cardiovascular disease and it was carried on US adults.
It compared lifetime abstainers, lifetime infrequent drinkers, former drinkers, and current light, moderate and heavy drinkers. It also observed people who frequently indulged in binge-drinking.
The study included data from 333.247 participants and defined “moderate drinkers” those who consumed between 3 to 14 drinks per week for men and up to 7 for women. Beyond that, subjects were considered “heavy drinkers.”
Compared to lifetime abstainers, light and moderate alcohol consumers were at reduced risk of mortality from the causes within the study’s scope, however, the panorama turned negative for heavy drinkers, who saw a significantly increased risk of mortality. Moderate drinking could cut risk of developing several life-shortening diseases and illnesses by 25 per cent.
The study also considered binge drinkers, those who had five or more drinks on the same a week, and while their total intake of alcohol might be similar to that of a moderate drinker, it was reported that they did not benefit from their habit, in fact, they also were linked to increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
One of the study’s conclusive notes reads: “while excessive alcohol is a major risk factor for hypertension, light to moderate alcohol may reduce CV events in persons with coronary heart disease and controlled hypertension.”
More information: acc.org