Alcohol Good For Heart’s Health And Blood Pressure?

A new study has revealed that reduced consumption of alcohol can straight away diminish the heart risk, and deal with the reduce body mass index and lower blood pressure.

Booze Good For Heart's Health And Blood Pressure?

The study, co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, counter attack the idea that moderate levels of alcohol are good for health.

The present research was made on the basis of 50 studies conducted on a total of 260,000 people. The team discovered people drinking 17 percent less alcohol per week have 10 percent decreased risk of developing coronary heart disease and even have lower BMI.

Juan Casas, professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which led the study, along with UCL and Pennsylvania University, said the message was clear that the less you drink the better.

“The best thing to do is to reduce consumption to reduce blood pressure and risk of heart disease,” said the study’s senior author. “We expect that these findings will help to simplify policymaking about alcohol consumption. There was this issue about whether consumption of low to moderate consumption was good for your heart. This study shows that this is simply not the case.”

“People who drink low to moderate amounts are more likely to be engaging in physical activity and they’re more conscious about quality of diet,” he said. “That may appear to make them appear at lower risk of coronary heart disease.”

They looked especially at those with a key variant of a gene called ADH1B. They noted the study was based only a statistical approach — it was not designed to explore exactly why those with the ADH1B variant were healthier.

“Contrary to what earlier reports have shown, it now appears that any exposure to alcohol has a negative impact upon heart health,” co-lead author Michael Holmes said.

When comapred, a 330-millilitre (0.58 of a pint) of lager with five percent alcohol content has 1.6 alcohlic units, and a small 125-ml (0.3 of a pint) of wine with 12 percent alcohol content carries 1.5 units.

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  • john shuey

    I just read stats that showed the average actuarial effects of drinking at various levels. Perhaps they are erroneous but they suggested that, all things being equal, people live slightly longer if they drink a little than if they abstain.

    What gives?

    • John Pombrio

      Natural way to relieve some stress and depression. It’s a fine line tho.

      • john shuey

        Oh, I saw the damage drink does growing up. Still, I wonder why some actuarial data doesn’t quite square w/ this article’s pov. Just curious.

  • http://www.stonehenge.com/merlyn/ Randal L. Schwartz

    It would sure be nice if these studies would distinguish between carby drinks like beer and wine, vs carb-free drinks like distilled spirits (vodka, gin, etc). Apparently, the carb and ethanol pathways are different but overlapping, and the carby drinks apparently do more damage because of that in the few studies that have looked at that.

  • Jillxz

    The title says
    Alcohol Good For Heart’s Health And Blood Pressure?

    NO , that is not what it says in the body of the article. It says that reduced consumption of alcohol can straight away diminish the heart risk, and deal with the reduce body mass index and lower blood pressure.

    • docroc

      Someone decided that the inaccurate headline they used would attract more readers. Sleazy. ANd what does the phrase “and deal with the reduce body mass index” mean, anyway?

    • Antenna10

      You’re right. The article is either poorly written or poorly translated.

    • John Pombrio

      Such a misleading title…

  • ron cee

    Just another case for moderation.

    • donaldopeoples

      Practice moderation in moderation.

  • Robert Howd

    The study by Holmes et al. (BMJ. 2014 Jul 10;349:g4164. Association between alcohol and cardiovascular disease: Mendelian randomisation analysis based on individual participant data) says that the ~7% of people with a genetic variant that makes alcohol drinking unpleasant (so they drink less alcohol than those without this variant) have lower blood pressures and healthier cardiovascular systems than those with the more common variant . According to the abstract, “The protective association of the ADH1B rs1229984 A-allele variant remained the same across all categories of alcohol consumption.” (Note: this includes zero alcohol consumption.) All statistical comparisons are between people with and without the variant, in different alcohol consumption categories. I can’t find any statistical comparison that says that people who consume small or moderate amounts of alcohol (with or without the variant) have statistically significantly different health outcomes than those who don’t consume alcohol — which is what other studies have focused on. Thus, it appears to me that this study is actually addressing a different issue than other alcohol studies. Yes, the people with the genetic variant appear to have better cardiovascular health, by some measures (no difference in stroke). But the conclusions regarding alcohol consumption are confounded by failure to account for the improved cardiovascular health associated with the genetic variant (which has other metabolic effects).
    High alcohol consumption is clearly associated with bad cardiovascular health outcomes, and this is much decreased in carriers of the genetic variant. There’s good reason to think this could be an artifact of a skewed distribution of alcohol consumption. There are likely to be many fewer extremely heavy and binge drinkers in the variant population because they find the side effects unpleasant.
    Thus I’m not too impressed with the study’s conclusions regarding poorer cardiovascular health in light to moderate alcohol drinkers, compared to non-drinkers. They didn’t actually study that…..

    • john shuey

      Thanks.

  • John Rielley

    Alcohol’s bad for you, at least until the next study comes along….

  • Karl Davis

    They did not directly measure alcohol consumption or even ask about it. The correlated a form of oxidative damage to heart damage. There are too many opening for cause and effect to run through many different routes when you do that.

  • David Capettini

    A new study shows this and then another new study shows the opposite. A new study shows that stuff they have been cramming down our throats for decades is BS and then it’s not. Why does the media make such a big deal out of new studies all the time? When you look up any particular thing, you find that studies often, if not usually, contradict one another.

  • miracatta1

    Terrible writing or translation, untrustworthy

  • Michael Stone

    Sure you may live longer without a martini before dinner but why would you want to?

  • Jillian Galloway

    Even more reason why we need to legalize marijuana as a far less-harmful and less-addictive alternative to alcohol! Marijuana *doesn’t* cause liver disease, heart disease, brain damage, cancer of any type, emphysema or death, and its addictive potential is only about that of coffee.

    We could prevent a lot of the harm that alcohol causes by giving people the right to choose marijuana instead of alcohol.

  • Steve Redmond

    The Greeks 2000 years ago stated that moderation in all things leads to good health. They were wise people and their advice can helpful today. Much better than seesawing form one “bad” thing to another it leads along with a good diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fish, dairy, regular exercise and relaxation techniques, self-hypnosis or meditation to better health. Avoidance of tobacco and low to no alcohol consumption up the odds for good health. On the other had, a society where there is support, good jobs and plentiful education at a low to modest cost and the absence of interpersonal violence it also necessary for good health and we have a long way to go before achieving it.

  • Andrew

    This is just a case study. Not a double blind placebo controlled study, the gold standard. Correlation does not mean causation. I can show you study that shows that eating ice crease causes drownings, which shows high correlation; but is nonsense since people generally eat ice cream in the summer when drownings occur.

    So don’t pay much attention to case studies, like these. It’s difficult and expensive and many times not possible to use the gold standard for biological/physiological studies. Also, you have to look who sponsored the study. I’m sure the alcohol industry will come out with their study showing that drinking helps your heart LOL.

  • johnny bee

    I know what the study says; but, I would not try it! Stay healthy!
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