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Drinking in moderation can benefit your health

By Jane Kirby

Moderate drinking can cut the risk of suffering a heart attack, angina or heart failure, though taking up exercise is better for you, experts say.

A new UK study on 1.93m people confirmed that drinking in moderation - no more than 14 units of alcohol per week - offers a protective effect for the heart compared with not drinking.

The new study from the University of Cambridge and University College London (UCL) and published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that moderate drinkers were less likely to suffer from angina, heart attack, heart failure, ischaemic stroke (the most common type), circulation problems caused by a build-up of fat in the arteries and aortic aneurysm than non-drinkers.

But the research found that heavy drinking increased the risk of heart failure, cardiac arrest, ischaemic stroke and circulation problems caused by fatty arteries.

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