SALT LAKE CITY — A study conducted by a team of researchers from Intermountain Health Care showed that moderate alcohol consumption has no additional benefit in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients taking statins which are widely prescribed to lower cholesterol.
The researchers presented the study results this week at the Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology in Washington, DC.
The study compared two groups of patients. Some patients said they consumed alcohol and others took statins. He tracked them to determine how many suffered major adverse cardiac events, such as heart attacks or strokes.
“What we’ve found is that if you’re on a statin, drinking alcohol doesn’t reduce the risk any further,” Dr. Anderson told KSL NewsRadio.
Some previous studies have suggested that moderate alcohol consumption has certain benefits in reducing the risk of serious heart problems. But Dr Anderson stressed that the World Health Organization disagrees.
“Just last month they released this statement which basically says that alcohol is not beneficial in any amount as far as your health is concerned,” he said.
Although there are claims that resveratrol, a substance found in red wine, may have its own health benefits, Anderson says their study didn’t address that.