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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.
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.