Regular alcohol consumption could lower the chances of men contracting coronary diseases, while frequent alcohol drinking has less effect upon women in terms of heart disease, a new study published in the BMJ claims.
The Centre for Alcohol Research at the National Institute for Public Health in Denmark believes that while moderate drinking has long been known to slightly reduce the risk of heart disease, this new study highlights that male regular drinkers could be lowering the chance of coronary complications.
Medical researchers from the institute found that in a study involving over 50,000 men and women aged between 50 and 65 over a period of years, the average woman drinks 5.5 alcoholic units during a week and a man 11.3.
They discovered that women who drank alcohol on average once per week had a significantly lower risk of heart disease than females who consumed alcoholic drinks less than once every seven days.
Women who drank alcohol everyday during a week, however, only had a marginally lower risk of suffering from coronary disease, suggesting that for women the quantity of alcohol consumed is more important a deciding factor in reducing the risk of heart problems than the frequency.
In direct comparison, men who drank every day were six times less likely to develop heart conditions than men who only drank once per week on average.
The researchers stressed, however, that the harmful effects of alcohol far exceed its benefits in reducing the risk of heart disease.