Glass of wine a day may protect against heart failure

Here's why you might want to consider going to Happy Hour today. One alcoholic drink a day may protect you from heart failure.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston analyzed 14,629 participants between the ages of 45 and 64. The participants were recruited between 1987 and 1989 and were followed for around 25 years. Participants were interviewed on their drinking habits at the start of the study, with follow-up interviews every three years. One drink was defined as a beverage containing 14 g of alcohol, equal to about a glass of wine. They were divided into several categories: abstainers (people who stated they had drunk no alcohol at every interview), former drinkers, people who drank up to seven drinks a week, people who drank up to seven to 14 drinks a week, people who drank 14 to 21 drinks a week, and people who drank 21 or more drinks a week.

Researchers found that men who drank seven drinks a week had a 20 percent lower risk of developing heart failure when compared to abstainers, and women had a 16 percent lower risk when consuming the same amount. The study provided more evidence that drinking alcohol in moderation may be protective to your overall heart health.

Sourced from: Medical News Today , One alcoholic drink a day may protect against heart failure