A recent study published in British Medical Journal found that having an alcoholic drink a day can help keep to reduce heart disease, from their review of 30 years of research. They actually found a 14-25% reduction in heart disease in “moderate” drinkers as compared to non-drinkers. In another study, it was suggested that drinking alcohol “in moderation” also increased “good” cholesterol.

Another research group found that those who drank “only wine” showed the most benefit, as reported in the American Medical Journal. In a Spanish study looking at tens of thousands of individuals, drinking alcohol every day cut the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third.

It is important to understand that while consuming small quantities of alcohol had a beneficial effect in studies, there is a significant health risk associated with heavier drinking.