Health, The Good Life

New Drinkers

If you don’t drink, here’s a good reason to start in midlife. Several recent studies have found that moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease. Now a new one, published in the March issue of The American Journal of Medicine, shows that teetotalers who begin having a drink or two a day in middle age may also get significant benefit.

The researchers found that new moderate drinkers were 38 percent less likely than abstainers to suffer from cardiovascular disease during a four-year period. On average, they also had lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
So, should middle-aged nondrinkers start imbibing?
The study authors say you should be cautious if you start in middle-age – but moderate drinking can definitely be part of a healthy lifestyle.

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