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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