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Moderate alcohol consumption 'reduces CVD risk'

Moderate alcohol consumption appears to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in middle-aged women, results from the US Women's Health Study show.

Researchers assessed the association between alcohol consumption, CVD and death in a group of 26,399 women aged 54.7 years on average at baseline, who were followed up for an average of 12.2 years.

Women who consumed 5-14.9g per day of alcohol, or the equivalent of half to up to one drink a day, saw their risk of CVD, all-cause and CVD-related mortality reduced by 26%, 35% and 51% respectively.

Circulation 2009; 17 July early online publication

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