Three to five drinks a week can be good for your heart, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) said.

The findings of two studies, one about heart failure and the other on acute myocardial infarction (AMI), showed that people who regularly drink alcohol have better cardiovascular health than those who consume little or no alcohol.

Those who drank three to five drinks per week were 33 percent less prone to heart failure than those who abstained or drank infrequently, researchers said. In the case of heart attacks, the risk appeared to be reduced by 28 percent with each additional one-drink increment, they said.
    
In the myocardial infarction study, 41 per cent of participants reported that they did not drink at all or that they consumed less than half of one alcoholic beverage per week. Both studies were based on the longitudinal HUNT 2 Nord-Trondelag Health Study conducted between 1995 and 1997.
    
The study, which looked at the relationship between heart failure and alcohol, followed 60,665 participants who had no incidence of heart failure at that time.

 

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