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Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Two pints a week could cut risk of heart attack!
Drinking two pints of beer a week could help cut
the risk of heart attacks in women by up to a third, according to
research carried out by the University of Gothenburg.
The conclusion follows a study of more than 1,500 women over a 50
year period, tracking the frequency of their consumption of beer, wine
or spirits from “daily” to “nothing in the past 10 years”.
Over a 32-year follow-up period, 185 women had a heart attack, 162
suffered a stroke, 160 developed diabetes and 345 developed cancer.
Comparing instances of heart attacks to the frequency of alcohol
consumption, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of
Gothenburg found that women who drink beer at most once or twice per
week run a 30% lower risk of heart attack, compared with both heavy
drinkers and women who never drink beer.
The study was not able to confirm if wine carried the same protective
affect, while drinking spirits appeared to increase the risk of cancer.
“Previous research also suggests that alcohol in moderate quantities
can have a certain protective effect, but there is still uncertainty as
to whether or not this really is the case”, said Dominique Hange,
researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy. “Our results have been checked
against other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which
substantiates the findings. At the same time, we were unable to confirm
that moderate wine consumption has the same effect, so our results also
need to be confirmed through follow-up studies.”
Conversely, the study showed that those with high consumption of
spirits (defined as more frequent than once or twice per month), had an
almost 50% higher risk of dying of cancer, compared with those who drink
The study was published online in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care.