Drinking Alcohol ReducesC-reactive Protein (CRP)

High levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) may be a better predictor of heart attack than high cholesterol, according to recent evidence.

People to consume five to seven alcohol drinks per week have lower levels of CRP than do those who drink less, reports a recent study. In fact, alcohol abstainers have CRP levels almost twice as high as moderate drinkers.

This relationship remained even after taking into account a large number of risk factors associated with heart attacks.

The study involved 2,833 men and women and appears in Circulation, a journal published by the American Heart Association.


  • Albert, M.A. et al. Alcohol consumption and plasma concentrations of C-
  • reactive protein. Circulation, 2003, 107, 433-447.

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