Latest researcher show that a few alcoholic beverages a month may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease in men with high blood pressure.
Researchers found weekly and daily drinkers in their study had a significantly lower risk of death by nearly 30 percent when compared to nondrinkers. There was also a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease death as alcohol intake increased.Compared to participants who rarely or never drank, weekly drinkers had a 39-percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Daily drinkers had a 44-percent lower risk of death.
Researchers studied data from 14,125 male physicians who were enrolled in the Physicians' Health Study and who reported past or current treatment for hypertension. However, they had no history of heart attack, stroke, cancer or liver disease.
However researchers say doctor recommendations regarding alcohol use must be made on an individual basis in light of major clinical and public health problems associated with heavy drinking.