Drink Up! More Health Benefits from Beer.

It’s always good to have a health study or two up your sleeve in case some teetotaler tries to give you grief about ordering a second beer.

According to a new study published in the journal “Circulation,” moderate drinking lowers the risk of heart disease in adults, and the positive effects may be the greatest among older people. One would expect to see the heart benefits in older individuals, but this study discovered that even in younger adults, having one or two drinks per day could promote a healthy heart.

To find how alcohol consumption affects heart disease in younger adults, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston collected data from eight North American and European studies. They analyzed information on more than 192,000 women and about 75,000 men, who reported their drinking habits. None of the participants had a history of cardiovascular disease.

The study’s authors found that drinking about 30 grams of alcohol per day, or about 2 to 3 standard-size drinks, decreased women’s risk of developing heart disease by 42 percent and decreased men’s risk by 31 percent. The researchers noted the same risk reduction when they split the participants into three groups: 50 years old and younger, 50 to 60 years old and 60 or older.

Here’s to your health!

One Response to “Drink Up! More Health Benefits from Beer.”

  1. While a new study comes out every other week on this kind of thing, I cheerfully raise my glass to good health!

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