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Tuesday, 25 July 2006 08:47
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A tipple a day can keep the doctor away
A study that was led by Dr Cinzia Maraldi from the Institute on Aging at the University of Florida, Gainesville has shown that having a daily drink or two can improve your health.

The research found that adults in their seventies who drank up to seven alcoholic beverages a day were likely to live longer and have fewer heart attacks.

In their study 2,400 adults in their 70s answered questions on their drinking habits and underwent a health check every year.

They were classified as "never or occasional" drinkers who consumed less than one drink a week, "light to moderate" (one to seven drinks) or "heavier" (more than seven).

Over an average 5.6 years of follow-up, 397 volunteers died and 383 experienced a cardiac event such as a heart attack or heart failure.

Compared with "never or occasional" drinkers, those who drank lightly to moderately had a 26 per cent lower risk of death and an almost 30 per cent reduced risk of cardiac events.

But you can have too much of a good thing, the researchers found. Heavy drinkers were more likely to die or experience a cardiac event than those who drank the least.

They wrote in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine: "The net benefit of light to moderate alcohol consumption may vary as a function of sex, race and background cardiovascular risk.

"From this point of view, recommendations on alcohol consumption should be based, as any medical advice, on a careful evaluation of an individual's risks and benefits, in the context of adequate treatment and control of established cardiovascular risk factors”.


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