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Does a Little Daily Drinking Really Help the Heart?

December 19, 2016

Different shaped wine glassesMany studies have hinted that alcohol, in moderation, can do a heart good. But new research suggests that moderate drinkers are no more likely than teetotalers to have clear arteries.

The scientists looked at almost 2,000 patients who underwent CT angiography — an imaging test that detects “plaques” in heart arteries. Overall, there was no association between people’s drinking habits and their odds of showing clogged vessels.

The findings stand in contrast to past studies that have linked moderate drinking to a lower risk of heart disease — where plaques build up in the heart arteries and may eventually trigger a heart attack.

Researchers said an advantage of the new study is that it used objective measurements.

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