Drinking Alcohol Improves Cholesterol among Postmenopausal Women

A study of postmenopausal women has found that, on average, one drink of alcohol a day is sufficient to lower the "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and that two drinks daily additionally raises the levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

The results are consistent with past research by others showing that moderate amounts of alcohol improve blood cholesterol levels in post-menopausal women. This is important because postmenopausal women are at increased risk of suffering heart attack and stroke.


  • Baer, D. J., et al. Moderate alcohol consumption lowers risk factors for cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women fed a controlled diet. American Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2002, 75, 593-599.

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