Cheers to alcohol’s protective effect

A couple of alcoholic drinks a day might actually have a protective effect after all, according to a large US retrospective analysis that challenges other recent work.

The study of 333,247 adults found that compared to lifetime abstainers, those who were light or moderate drinkers had a reduced risk of mortality from all causes including cancer.

In particular, they had fewer cardiovascular-related deaths.

However, people who drank heavily lost any protective benefits from their daily tipple.

The researchers found this group put themselves at greater risk of premature death,