Moderate drinking may lower heart risk in middle-aged

March 7, 2008 2:03:59 PM PST
A new study finds, even in middle-age, moderate drinking may lower the risk of heart attack by up to 68 percent compared to non-drinkers.

The study in the American Journal of Medicine finds, among middle-aged people who began to drink alcohol, there was a considerable cardiovascular benefit.

Researchers caution, starting to drink isn't a wise choice for everyone. There's a small percentage of people who, when they start to drink, will drink too much.

Also, people should discuss this with their physician if they have liver disease, or a family history of alcoholism, or other medical problems.