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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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.
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Malik Ramadhan, Clinical Director of Royal London the Emergency Department explained the course of treatment most overly intoxicated patients received.