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Alcohol consumption linked to health benefits

Anitioxidents and other properties found in alcohol are cited in studies as being beneficial for the heart. Anitioxidents and other properties found in alcohol are cited in studies as being beneficial for the heart.
Goulden said one drink per day for women and one or two for men can reduce blood clotting and add 'good cholesterol.' Goulden said one drink per day for women and one or two for men can reduce blood clotting and add 'good cholesterol.'
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Studies by the national Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and several research universities around the world might have you saying "cheers" a bit more often.

The research on moderate alcohol consumption found that alcohol can add properties good for the cardiovascular system, but only if consumed appropriately. Cardiologist Dudley Goulden said consumption considered beneficial is rigidly defined as one drink for women, one to two for men each day.  

Goulden said the results of the studies show that drinking 4 fl. oz. of wine, 12 fl .oz. of beer, or 1.5 fl .oz. of spirits can reduce the chances of heart disease or coronary artery disease.

"The idea is that the moderate alcohol consumption is beneficial compared to individuals in which there is no alcohol consumption," Goulden said.

Goulden said antioxidants in alcohol as well as other properties help with 'good' cholesterol, and even reduce chances for blood clotting.

"The good cholesterol that appears to be it's definite a fact it also helps with what we call platelet aggregation or the tendency for blood to clot," goulden said.

Goulden said even though the studies he has reviewed indicate some benefits from moderate consumption, it's important to keep it in perspective that too much alcohol carries damaging effects.

"And individuals who may be consuming alcohol it should be done in moderation and binge drinking or weekend drinking has definitely been shown not to be beneficial," Goulden said.

Goulden stresses that alcohol of any kind is discouraged for pregnant women. Adding that some of the cardiovascular benefits coming from wine in particular are found in the grapes themselves.

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