NBC News reports that while “having a drink or two a day might be good for the heart when you’re young,” research suggests that “just a couple of drinks a day may damage your heart when you start to become elderly.” Investigators “surveyed 4,466 people with an average age of 76.” Participants “all underwent heart scans, also.”
TIME reports that the investigators found that “the more the participants drank, the more likely they showed abnormal changes in their heart structure and function.”
Among “men, the changes started accumulating after more than two drinks per day, or 14 or more drinks a week.”
Meanwhile, “in women, these changes appeared when women drank much less, just above…one drink” per day.
The findings were published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.
Another study published earlier this year showed that middle-aged people who drink more than moderately have a higher stroke risk.
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