Is it time to say goodbye to Dry July?

Steady, moderate drinking better than all or nothing, UK study suggests

It may be time to rethink Dry July or Sober October with new research showing that unstable drinking patterns may be associated with a higher risk of heart disease, while consistent moderate drinking may have a cardio-protective effect.

Researchers in the UK examined six studies looking at drinking patterns and a person's risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD).

More than 35,000 people were tracked for an average of 12.6 years and their alcohol intake was assessed at three different periods of time.

The researchers used this data to determine each person's 10-year alcohol intake trajectories. 

Overall, 5% experienced a CHD event during the follow-up period, and 0.9% of these were fatal.

The incidence of CHD was highest for former drinkers — more than 6% experienced a CHD event and 1.2% of these were fatal.

In contrast, the incidence