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One drink a day raises heart risk in elderly women

Even moderate drinking can harm elderly women's hearts Credit: Richard Gray / EMPICS

Even moderate amounts of drinking can lead to a reduction in heart function in older women, American research has shown.

A study of nearly 4,500 people with an average age of 76 has shown that one drink a day can cause damage - but only to women.

Lead researcher Dr Scott Solomon, from Harvard Medical School, said: "Women appear more susceptible than men to the cardiotoxic effects of alcohol, which might potentially contribute to a higher risk of alcohol cardiomyopathy [heart damage linked to alcohol] for any given level of alcoholic intake."

Heavy drinking, meanwhile, was shown to damage men's hearts in a similar way

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Police warn they may have to stop tackling alcohol-fuelled crime

Police say they may not have the resources to deal with alcohol-fuelled fights Credit: Zak Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Police officers have warned that they may have to stop tackling alcohol-fuelled crime if cuts continue at anticipated levels.

Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said:

Society may have to come up with a different way of dealing with drunken, rowdy behaviour if police officers are also going to be able to deal effectively with counter terrorism, managing sex offenders, cybercrime, child sexual exploitation, looking for missing persons and dealing with people suffering from mental health problems, to name but a few jobs on the list.

– Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales

Earlier this month, the Government announced a further 5% cut in police funding for 2015/16 amid warnings that government funding is due to be cut further in future years.

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