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You probably like the odd glass of wine and may not have given it a second thought when it comes to your health. In fact alcohol and alcohol consumption are very much a part of many cultures. While you know the risks of drinking too much, a new study shows that drinking and heart disease are closely linked.

It’s said that beer can help protect your brain cells from damage, while red wine is considered beneficial to one’s health because of all those antioxidant properties. However, the study of those aged over 65 publishing in the American Heart Association journal has found that your risk of heart damage increases alongside alcohol intake.

When conducting the study it looked at the guidelines around what ‘drinking in moderation’ actually means. No worries if you’re a woman who only likes one glass of an alcoholic beverage — you fall right within the guidelines. Men, you shouldn’t be having more than two standard alcoholic drinks a day.

The study tested the effect of weekly alcohol consumption on a group of around 4,500 over-60s, with an average age of 76 years. It looked at how the alcohol consumption affected the size, structure and motion of the heart, and found that the more people drank the greater the subtle changes to the heart’s structure and function.

While you’ve all been told of the potential health benefits of alcohol, particularly when protecting against heart failure and brain decline, this research is in complete contrast to that.

Not only are you at risk of heart disease, according to this research the other factor older drinkers need to be aware of is alcohol addiction. Bereavement, illness, mobility difficulties, a loss of independence and social isolation all contribute to an increase in alcohol dependence according to this research.

With this information now available, now might be the time to be as proactive as possible about protecting your heart.

Do you enjoy a glass of wine or beer? How many glasses would you say you consumed in a normal week?

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  1. Luckily I really don’t want to be 100!! I agree, Kevin Kelly!

  2. kevin kelly and joy rhodes….. I agree, so many things are happening as you age

    as an uncle once said of the advice from his gp as he could no longer walk…. he’s asked me to diet, that’s ok my wife prepares all the food; he asked me to give up drinking and smoking, well at 87 (at the time) I figure that I cant walk, cant make love to my wife, cant do a lot of things; if I cant smoke and drink what else do I have? He lived until his early 90’s, thats a damn good innings

  3. Yep i have 2 wines most nights and im not giving them up …… gave up the fags though thank god … 🙂

  4. I have a glass of red most, but not all nights and sometimes break out and have five glasses of beer and two glasses of wine on Fridays. I’m 70 and have had a good run, so I couldn’t care less about the health risks – i love my wine.

  5. Back in the day, humans’ seemed to do quite nicely, thank you very much, & live long lives’, enjoying their chosen tipple, or two, before all this so-called ‘research’ came to the fore!

    We’re all going to die of ‘something’, so why be miserable, & forsake an enjoyable glass of one’s preferred drink, just because some ‘boffin’ thinks you shouldn’t?

    These ‘scientists’ seem to have to produce a ‘written result’ to justify not only their ‘existence’, but also the huge wads of financial ‘grants’ they’re given!

    I’m not going to stop enjoying a drop of good Aussie red, or a light beer, if that’s what I’d like with my daily meals!

  6. Alcohol is poison no matter how you look at it!

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    • Mesela, you are just so correct. Alcohol is definitely a poison that has destroyed countless lives in the past.
      It’s also one of the main reasons there is such a domestic violence problem in this country.

  7. When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.

    “Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” – W.C. Fields

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    • I agree with that, when we’ve passed the 75 landmark, might as well enjoy ourselves until the end.

  8. Red wine gas been around for generations. The monks have been making it since the year dot. We drink red wine in church. I went to a heart specialist years ago and was told to give up caffeine and alcohol. That was easier said then done. I occassionally have a decaf coffee and I drink white wine or gin occassionally. I will find out on Monday whether I have to give these enjoyments up permanently. What sorrow.

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