8 june 2011

Alcohol and The Heart

Alcohol consumption and disease or mortality display a J-shaped curve, with moderate amounts of alcohol being more protective than abstention, binge drinking, or heavy drinking. Red wine appears to be particularly protective for cardiovascular disease and associated conditions such as type 2 diabetes. There are, however, controversies concerning the effect of red wine on hypertension, in which there may be significant gender and ethnic differences. Overall, it seems that both ethanol and the polyphenols in red wine may contribute to the protective effect.

Additional Info

  • Authors

    Nicoll R.; Henein M.Y.
  • Issue

    Alcohol Clin.Exp.Res. / pages 1737-8 / volume 35(10)
  • Published Date

    8 june 2011