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Drinking Moderately May Help Prevent Heart Disease, Studies Say

Moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent heart disease, Canadian researchers said after reviewing dozens of studies conducted over three decades, adding to the evidence that drinking can offer health benefits.

People who have one drink or fewer each day are 14 percent to 25 percent less likely to develop heart disease compared with those who don’t imbibe, according to an analysis of 84 studies conducted since the 1980s. Moderate amounts of alcohol consumed daily increase the levels of so-called good cholesterol in the body, a separate review of 63 studies found.