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Friday, April 27, 2007

Press Release: Among women, light drinkers have fewer heart attacks than abstainers

27 April 2007

New research reveals that women who drink in moderation have a lower chance of heart attack than those who never drink alcohol. But the picture is starkly different for women who get drunk at least once a month, thereby substantially raising their risk of heart attack. The study, published in this month’s issue of Addiction, is of interest because most research on this issue relates to men, but women differ from men in terms of their drinking habits, alcohol metabolism, and overall risk of coronary heart disease. Researchers set out to find how much women drink, how often, and what their patterns of drinking are, and how these factors impact on their susceptibility to heart attack.