Does Moderate Drinking Help Lower The Risk Of Heart Failure?

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines moderate drinking as up to four alcoholic drinks for men and three for women in any single day and a maximum of 14 drinks for men and seven drinks for women per week..

According to a recent study, people above 65 who have just been diagnosed with heart issues can continue moderate alcohol drinking without worsening their condition.

However, the findings do not suggest that non-drinkers should start imbibing this after a heart failure diagnosis, the researchers emphasised.

David L. Brown, Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in the US says, “We have long known that the toxic effects of excessive drinking can contribute to heart failure.

In contrast, we have data showing that healthy people who drink moderately seem to have some protection from heart failure over the long term, compared with people who do not drink at all,”

But, people who develop heart failure at an older age and never drank should not start drinking.

“But our study suggests people who have had a daily drink or two before their diagnosis of heart failure can continue to do so without concern that it’s causing harm. Even so, that decision should always be made in consultation with their doctors.”

The study looked at the survival rates of nearly 6,000 individuals who had been diagnosed with heart failure and fell into various groups based on how often they partook of alcohol. Individuals who drank around 10 servings of alcohol per week (defined as 12 ounces of beer, 6 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor) seemed to benefit the most, but the researchers note that the sample size of this group is too small to state with certainty that this is the ideal amount.

In any case, moderate drinking doesn’t appear to have any negative effects for those who are already drinkers, which seems like good news for those who like to unwind with a cocktail.

While there are many other studies which state that alcohol consumption in any proportion is bad for health. Pune 365 spoke to experts and citizens to gauge their view.

Speaking to Pune365 Dr Roshan Palresha, Moderate drinking refers to three-four drinks on any given day and a maximum of 12-14 drinks per week.

Not everyone who drinks is able to control it, due to which many people go beyond moderation which can take a heavy toll on the body. It can lead to inflammation in the liver, scarring of the liver. High BP and damage the heart muscles, also heavy consumption of alcohol is associated with cancer.

However, there are some possible good benefits of moderate consumption of alcohol. Increased Libido, Reducing your risk of ischemic stroke (when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow), Reduce the risk of gallstones,  It may reduce your risk of diabetes and the risk of developing and dying from heart disease.

Some studies indicate that moderate consumption of alcohol also decreases the chances of developing dementia.

However this benefits may vary from person to person and basis their health history, Alcohol may or may not benefit everyone who consumes it. Hence, it is recommended to have a medical examination every three months, Palresha added.

There is nothing called moderate drinking, if a person is addicted to consume alcohol nothing can keep it moderate.

This itself  may turn out to be a new problem, or the person may get prone to disease, says Amrita Pai, senior software professional.

Reports suggesting alcohol consumption on a moderate level are incorrect. Alcohol is an addiction and difficult to control. Global burden of Disease has already indicated that alcohol is the seventh leading risk factor of premature deaths and disability, Pai added.

Speaking a senior citizen Albert Bhaskar, a retired officer he says, “ Moderate drinking is permissible, four to five drinks are highly recommended.

Alcohol has some health benefits too which have also been spoken about in several related studies.

I have one can beer every day right before my dinner, I suffer from high BP, cardiac issues, diabetes and so on… But, I ensure that I regularly exercise and control my diet to maintain it.

There is no harm in consuming alcohol if you ensure you balance it well with your other activities, Bhaskar added.


#The Consumption Of Alcohol Can Be Injurious To Your Health. It Is Best Not To Indulge!

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