An analysis by Canadian researchers of over 4,000 studies conducted from 1950-2009 concludes that drinking light to moderate amounts of alcohol (1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks for men) reduces by as much as 25% the risk of multiple cardiovascular outcomes, including incidence of and mortality from coronary heart disease and stroke, compared with persons who don’t drink at all.
A separate review found that moderate imbibing increases the levels of
“good” cholesterol in the body.
The researchers emphasize that a careful balance should be made between
the concepts of drinking large amounts of alcohol being bad for overall
health, while moderate drinking can have health benefits.
Of course, the message remains clear that overconsumption of alcohol causes
numerous societal problems, including domestic and other violence, various
kinds of criminal activity, child abuse and neglect, injuries and death
caused by impaired driving and many other serious adverse consequences.