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Alcohol cuts heart disease risk by a third

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Alcohol can help prevent heart disease in men, a study has found

Experts have long believed there may be a link between moderate alcohol intake and good heart health, and the latest study shows that even high intake can offer protection - although doctors warn that this could well damage other organs.

The number of coronary problems suffered over 10 years was recorded by the experts and analysed according to how much people drank. The results showed the risk of heart disease in men who drink alcohol could be cut by a third, research has suggested - although the findings fail to show similar benefits for women.moderate drinkers could cut their risk by 51%, by 54% among high drinkers and by 50% among very high drinkers.

Cathy Ross, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘Whilst moderate alcohol intake can lower the risk of having a heart attack, coronary heart disease is just one type of heart disease.

“Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, is associated with high alcohol intake and can lead to a poor quality of life and premature death.”

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