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Moderate drinking may lower heart attack risk

December 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
According to a trio of new studies, a little alcohol may be better for your health than having none at all. Both male and female coronary bypass patients saw their health boosted by the occasional cocktail.

Experts say moderate drinking was associated with a lower risk of heart attack or stroke. For men, moderate drinking was defined at two glasses a day; for women, it's one and a half glasses a day.

While the authors said their research is reassuring, the key is moderation. Too much alcohol can have a negative effect on the heart.