Many people believe that having a glass of wine with dinner—or moderately drinking any kind of alcohol—will protect them from heart disease. But a hard look at the evidence finds little support for that. That’s the conclusion of a new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. …”The risks of low-level drinking are small.” But, he added, people should not drink solely because they believe it wards off disease.
Note: No doctor would prescribe alcohol to ward off heart disease and we should not do so ourselves. The risks associated with more than a tiny amount include an increased risk of heart problems, cancer, mental health problems like depression and anxiety, accidents and dependency, outweighing any marginal benefits. As the study says, this is not a reason to stop drinking, we do plenty of things with associated with risk, but we should stop thinking it is doing any good for our health. ■