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Moderate drinking and cardiovascular health
A clinical review by Zakhari S et al of the National Institute on Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for the Proceedings of the Association of American Physicians reported on the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption.

Results: The NIAAA recommended that 'Moderate alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks of 14g per day) can be beneficial in reducing the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD)' Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlie the favourable effects of moderation and should effect public health issues related to alcohol advice. The researchers cautioned that some individuals should not drink, but that those who are at high risk of CAD including men over 45, post menopausal women and smokers receive the greatest cardio-protective effect from alcoholic beverages.

Source: Zakhari S and Gordis E Moderate drinking and cardiovascular health of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for the Proceedings of the Association of American Physicians, 1999 111(2):148-158

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