One drink a day keeps heart disease at bay

A new research has found that people who drink alcohol in moderation (about one drink a day or less) are 14-25 percent less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who drink no alcohol at all.

The study was led by Professor William Ghali from the University of Calgary.

The first paper, led by Paul Ronksley from the University of Calgary, emphasises that a balance needs to be found between the public health message that consuming large amounts of alcohol is bad for you, and the one that drinking in moderation can have health benefits.

Moderate amounts of alcohol significantly increase the levels of `good` cholesterol circulating in the body and this has a protective effect against heart disease.

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