Drinking Alcohol May Lower Risk of Second Heart Attack

Men who consume two to four drinks of alcohol after a heart attack are less likely to experience a second heart attack than are abstainers, according to a study of 353 male heart attack survivors.

The positive influence of the alcohol is independent of other risk factors for heart attack, such as cholesterol levels, smoking, diet and exercise.

The researchers found that men who consumed an average of two drinks of alcohol per day were 59% less likely than non-drinkers to have another heart attack. Those who drank an average of four drinks per day experienced a risk reduction of 52% compared to abstainers.

The study was published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.


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