Cholesterol Levels Better for Moderate Drinkers

Dutch researchers have found better high-density lipoprotein (HDL) profiles among nonsmoking men and women who consumed at least 100 grams of alcohol (about 7 drinks) per week compared to nonsmoking abstainers. The 130 men and 145 women averaged 32 years of age.

Drinking in moderation appears to have a positive affect while smoking appears to have a negative affect on HDL levels.


  • Koppes, L., et al. Blood cholesterol levels of 32-year-old consumers are better than of nonconsumers. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 2000, 66(1), 163-167.

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