Research Roundup

September 1996 Issue

Alcohol Benefits Heart, But Experts Reluctant to Recommend

For decades, studies have linked moderate alcohol consumption to less risk of heart attack and fewer deaths. The latest studies continue to do so: The higher the risk of heart disease, the greater the benefit from alcohol, a Danish study suggests, after looking at 2,800 men between the ages of 53 and 74 without heart disease. Among those with high levels of LDL's (low-density lipoproteins, the `bad' cholesterol), 16.4% of abstainers developed

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