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Drink Like the French, Avoid Binges to Spare Heart

The French habit of drinking wine almost daily is less taxing to the heart than the Irish custom of downing an equivalent amount of alcohol on one or two nights a week, a study suggests.

Middle-aged men in Belfast had almost double the risk of developing heart disease compared with French drinkers who spread their consumption over a week, according to the study published today by the British Medical Journal. The researchers compared the intake of units of pure alcohol, which is found at higher concentrations in wine and spirits than in beer.