Proof Against Heart Attacks

A study touts the benefits of moderate drinking

Does a drink a day keep heart attacks away? Over the past 20 years, numerous studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption -- say, one or two beers, glasses of wine or cocktails daily -- helps to prevent coronary heart disease. Last week a report in the New England Journal of Medicine added strong new evidence in support of that theory. More important, the work provided the first solid indication of how alcohol works to protect the heart.

In the study, researchers from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School compared the drinking habits of 340 men and women...

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