Red Wine and Heart Disease

This information is brought to you by many of the Australian nutrition professionals who regularly contribute to the Nutritionists Network ('Nut-Net'), a nutrition email discussion group.

I have heard that drinking red wine lowers the risk of heart disease. Is this correct? What about other alcoholic drinks?

There is good reason to believe that drinking low to moderate quantities of red wine helps to protect against heart disease. In fact, moderate alcohol consumption generally is associated with reduced risk of heart disease. But there is also overwhelming evidence indicating that alcohol consumption that exceeds a moderate level (greater than about two standard drinks per day) leads to increased risk of disease, injury and death. The recommended safe level of alcohol consumption is zero for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and for all people under the age of 18.

Suggested further reading

Please see the attachments below for more detailed information about the relationship between red wine and heart disease.
Red Wine and Heart Disease_Printable Short Summary.pdf115.88 KB
Red Wine and Heart Disease_Printable Detailed Summary.pdf130.61 KB


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