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Booze helps men live longer - say doctors


TURNING to drink after a heart attack can help men live longer, a study has shown.
Two alcoholic drinks a day over a long period gave attack survivors a 42per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease than non-drinkers, researchers found.
Their risk of death from any cause was reduced by 14 per cent.
But the benefits were seen only with “moderate” drinking.
Higher consumption wiped out the survival gains and increased the chances of dying so they matched those of non-drinkers.
The findings are broadly in line with evidence that controlled drinking levels can protect the heart and arteries.
Researchers in the US monitored 1818 men for up to 20 years after they had survived a first heart attack between 1986 and 2006.
The men were among participants in the US health professionals’ follow-up study, a major health and lifestyle investigation. Every four years they were asked questions about their diet and alcohol intake.
Those who drank between 10 and 29.9g of alcohol a day – equivalent to two glasses of wine, two bottles or cans of beer or a shot of spirits – were classified as “moderate” drinkers.
The findings are published in the online edition of European Heart Journal.
Moderate alcohol consumption was already known to be associated with a lower risk of heart disease and death in healthy people.
But this is the first time there has been evidence of the long-term effects of drinking before and after a heart attack.
The researchers took account of potential influencing factors such as body mass, smoking, age and medical history that could have skewed the results.

 

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