2 drinks a day may cause heart trouble for women

December 2, 2008 2:17:03 PM PST
When does alcohol become more of a risk than a health benefit for women? Some new research may redefine what is and isn't considered moderate consumption. Moderate alcohol can improve heart health but a new study suggests just two drinks a day could have the opposite effect on women.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital followed nearly 35,000 middle-aged women for more than 12 years. They found that those who drank two or more alcoholic beverages a day had a 60 percent greater risk for developing a heart rhythm disturbance. It's a condition known as atrial fibrillation and it can raise the odds of stroke.

The report in the Journal of the American Heart Association did find that less than two drinks a day did not cause heart problems.