Moderate Drinking Reduces Heart Failure in Men with Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

Light to moderate drinking was found to reduce the risk of heart failure in a large study of hypertensive males.

In the prospective cohort study, a sample of 5,153 male physicians were followed for an average period of 18 years. The analysis examined alcohol consumption and also examined a number of other factors that might account for the difference.

This is the first study to report an association between light to moderate drinking and risk of heart failure in hypertensive subjects. However, its findings are consistent with other research that has demonstrated the beneficial effects of moderate drinking on cardiac health.


  • Djousse, L. and Gaziano, J. Alcohol Consumption and Heart Failure in Hypertensive US Male Physicians, American Journal of Cardiology, 2008, 102(5), 593-597.

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