A study by researchers at Monash University in Australia found that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and fewer deaths from all causes, compared with zero consumption of alcohol. alcohol.
More than 18,000 people over the age of 70 in the United States and Australia participated in the research. This is the first study to examine the implications of alcohol consumption on heart health.
He found that consuming modest amounts of alcohol was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Robyn Woods is Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.
“Taking or consuming five to ten alcoholic drinks per week, which is quite modest, worked better than those who were completely abstinent. This appeared to be associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and also with all-cause mortality, ”said Woods.
The researchers said their results should be interpreted with caution because the study participants were in good health, with no history of heart disease or other serious illnesses. They could also have been more physically and socially active than the aging population in general.
It is not clear exactly how moderate alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other causes of death.
Associate Professor Woods says more research is needed.
“There is some evidence that moderate alcohol consumption has vascular properties that may be beneficial. But there is also the potential for fringe benefits. So, you know, drinking alcohol with friends, family, etc. may very well have an advantage, ”said Woods.
Research from Monash University in Melbourne is published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Guidelines from the Australian Drug and Alcohol Foundation, a leading public health organization, advise men and women to consume no more than 10 standard drinks per week. A standard drink in Australia contains 10 grams of alcohol.