Drinking Alcohol Reduces Congestive Heart Failure

In order to study alcohol consumption and heart failure, over 6,000 participants in the Framingham Heart Study (Framingham, Massachusetts) were followed for a period of six to ten years.

After extensive analyses to rule out alternative explanations, the authors found that "when consumed in moderation, alcohol appears to protect against congestive heart failure."

The research was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


  • Walsh, C. R., et al. Alcohol consumption and risk ofor congestive heart failure in the Framingham Heart Study. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2002, 136(3), 181-191.

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