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Are there any health benefits from responsible alcohol consumption?

 Moderate, responsible alcohol consumption may reduce up to 30% the risk of coronary heart diseases and the risk of death from coronary heart diseases or other reasons especially for men over 40 and post-menopausal women, for whom the risks for heart diseases and strokes are higher.

However, each drink that exceeds the limits of responsible drinking extremely increases the risks.

The consumption of larger amounts than those mentioned in the guidelines does not bring more health benefits but more risks.

No-one should start drinking for health reasons.

Alcohol can protect against coronary heart diseases because, in simple terms, it «thins the blood», and helps reduce the harmful clots and clogging of the arteries. Small amounts of alcohol also stimulate the liver to produce the «good» cholesterol (HDL) which in turn carries off the «bad» cholesterol (LDL) for disposal.


Of course, this concerns a small quantity. One drink is enough; its positive effect lasts for approximately 24 hours.
Several studies show that for middle-aged and older adultsvery moderate drinking can have health benefits, such as reduced risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes.

However, the consumption of larger amounts may cause the increase of the blood pressure and affect diabetes control, increasing the risks for strokes and heart attacks.