Moderate alcohol drinking is only healthy for 15% of people

11 November 2014        

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Moderate drinking helps to protect only 15% of people against coronary heart disease, according to a study.

The research, published in Alcohol, found that moderate consumption of alcohol can help protect people with a particular genotype, part of a person’s genetic make-up.

Moderate drinking combined with the genotype, which around 15% of people in the Swedish study had, can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Amy Thompson, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “Whilst moderate drinking may offer some protection against coronary heart disease for some people, too much alcohol can cause a variety of problems.

“Drinking too much can eventually lead to heart muscle damage, liver damage, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers. It also leads to weight gain as it is very high in calories.”

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