‘Compelling evidence’ alcohol protects against coronary heart disease

ONE glass of wine a day for women and up to two beers daily for men can favourably affect cardiovascular biomarkers, providing more evidence for the protective effect of alcohol  against coronary heart disease (CHD), research suggests.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 44 studies found moderate alcohol consumption in healthy people elevated high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), apolipoprotein A1 and adiponectin levels and lowered fibrinogen.

US and Canadian researchers compared the effects of alcohol consumption on 21 biomarkers associated with CHD in a total 1686 study participants without cardiovascular disease compared with people who didn’t drink.

HDL levels were increased in a dose-response manner from 0.072 mmol/L with consumption of two drinks daily to 0.14 mmol/L with four or more drinks daily.

“This degree of increase is greater than any currently available single pharmacological therapy,