Drinking alcohol in moderation can be beneficial to health.
The first paper, led by Paul Ronksley from the University of Calgary stressed that a balance is needed between the public a message that says that consuming large amounts of alcohol is bad for you, and the other message that drinking alcohol in moderation can be beneficial to health.
Papers partnership led by Dr. Susan Brien, also from the University of Calgary, found that moderate alcohol consumption (in the size of one drink a day or 15 g of alcohol per day for women and in the range of 30 g of alcohol per day for men) was good for health. They say that the amount of alcohol being significantly increases the level of good cholesterol that circulates in the body and this has a protective effect against heart disease.
Brien and colleagues said that their study strengthens the case that there is a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and heart disease reduction.
The makers of both papers acknowledge that a number of previous studies concluded that moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with decreased cardiovascular disease. However, they said that the research had previously expired and need new material. Professor Ghali said that research conducted by the team is the most comprehensive to date.
Ghali and colleagues look back at 84 studies of alcohol consumption and heart disease. They compared alcohol drinkers with non-drinkers and their outcomes related to heart disease, death from heart disease, the incidence of stroke and death from stroke.
In a study partner, Brien and colleagues look back at 63 studies and investigated alcohol consumption with physical signs of heart disease such as cholesterol, levels of inflammation, fat cells and vascular conditions. They also assess the effect of the type of alcohol consumed as wine, beer and spirits).
Interestingly, a study conducted by Brien concluded that the content of alkoholah that provide health benefits and not the type or types of alcoholic beverages (wine, beer or spirits) that is drunk.
Professor Ghali concludes that the debate between the impact of alcohol on heart disease should now center on how to integrate this evidence into clinical practice and public health messages.
He added that “the public health messages might now there is a push to better communicate to the public that the consumption of alcohol in moderation has health benefits that exceed the overall risks to the patient group. Such a strategy should be accompanied by appropriate studies and the impact of errors. “