Daily tipple cuts heart risk

Harvard Medical School researchers found that early-middle-aged men who drank no more than seven 14g drinks per week were 20% less likely to develop heart failure compared to teetotallers.

The effect of this moderate consumption was smaller for women, who were 16% less likely to have heart failure than those who abstained from alcohol.

In a study of nearly 15,000 people followed for 25 years, former drinkers were found to be at the highest risk of heart failure, with a 19% and 17% increased risk among men and women respectively.

The moderate drinkers aged 45–64, who had a glass daily, were least