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Study: Consuming Alcohol Regularly May Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:41:34 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Previous studies have suggested that wine holds health benefits, but new research suggests any kind of alcohol can be good for you, if you drink the right amount. 

Two new Swedish studies in the journal Circulation concluded that alcohol, when consumed on a regular basis and at low volumes, can offer protection against cardiovascular disease.

(Low volume is considered up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.)

But heavy drinking -- which is considered more than 4 to 5 drinks a day -- has the opposite effect.

Researchers warn, however, that there is no way to know if there's a safe threshold for drinking.

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