Alcohol may help heart patients

Alcohol can help men live longer after their first heart attack, a new study has shown.

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Study leader: Alcohol only helps those who drink in 'moderation'

The adverse health effects of heavy drinking are well known, and include high blood pressure, reduced heart function and reduced ability to break down blood clots.

In addition, other studies have shown that any benefits from light drinking are entirely eliminated after episodes of binge drinking.

Our results, showing the greatest benefit among moderate drinkers and a suggestion of excess mortality among men who consumed more than two drinks a day after a heart attack, emphasise the importance of alcohol in moderation."

– Dr Jennifer Pai, Study leader

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