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Hearty advice from scientists: have a beer

Published Mar 29, 2012


London: A couple of drinks each day helps heart attack survivors live longer, a study claims.

It found that men who drank moderately after a first heart attack had a 42 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than non-drinkers.

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Their risk of death from any cause was also reduced by 14 percent. However, those who drank more than two drinks a day were no better off, says a report in the online edition of the European Heart Journal.

The findings are the latest to suggest that moderate drinking protects the heart and arteries before and after a cardiac arrest.

US researchers monitored 1 818 men for up to 20 years after they had survived a first heart attack between 1986 and 2006.

The men – who were taking part in the US Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, a major health and lifestyle investigation – were questioned about their diet and alcohol intake every four years. Those who consumed between 10g and 29.9g of alcohol a day – the equivalent of two bottles or cans of beer – were classified as “moderate” drinkers.

After 20 years, 468 men had died but those consuming two alcoholic drinks a day had a lower risk of death than non-drinkers from any cause. – Daily Mail

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