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June 13, 2023

A drink a day ‘slashes your risk of silent killers’, study shows

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For the most part we know consuming too much alcohol doesn’t have great benefits for our overall health.

However, a new study has found consuming just one drink a day could actually slash our risk of a host of ‘silent killers’ because it helps reduce stress.

The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate, and the elevated levels of stress hormones and of blood pressure, can take a toll on the body. In fact, long-term ongoing stress can increase the risk for hypertension, heart attack, or stroke.

The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found “light to moderate” consumption of one or two drinks per day can protect your heart by reducing harmful swelling and damage in the blood vessels.

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A new study has found consuming just one drink a day could actually slash our risk of a host of ‘silent killers’ . (Getty)

“We found that the brain changes in light to moderate drinkers explained a significant portion of the protective cardiac effects,” Dr Ahmed Tawakol, senior author of the study, said.

Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston of 50,000 Americans found light drinkers had a “substantially” lower rate of heart attacks and strokes.

And when looking at the brain scans from 754 of the patients, it showed they had “reduced stress signalling” in part of the brain called the amygdala.

“When the amygdala is too alert and vigilant it drives up blood pressure and increases heart rate, and triggers the release of inflammatory cells,” Dr Tawakol added.

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A drink helps “reduce stress signalling” in part of the brain called the amygdala. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Of course, the advice remains to not drink too much alcohol. In the study, these benefits were seen when women enjoyed one drink per day, or up to two drinks for men.

If you drink too much, more than 14 drinks per week according to Dr Tawakol, then the risk of heart related health issues increases again.

“The goal is to find other approaches that could replicate or induce alcohol’s protective cardiac effects without the adverse impacts.”

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