Alcohol and the Heart
If one or two drinks daily provide some beneficial effects, then these effects are modest.
Most importantly, only those at higher risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) may benefit.
Thus, individuals aged 20–40, particularly women, should not use alcohol for cardioprotection, because they are at low risk for CHD events.
Individuals from age 40 to 80 with a strong family history of heart attack or stroke before age 60 and presence of hypertension or diabetes probably may obtain some CVD protection, but studies have not provided clear answers ( Hypertension).
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