BY FIONA PARKER, The Mirror
Pick up a pint glass of beer, ladies. A new study finds that drinking two pints of beer a week can cut your heart attack risk.
According to The Mirror, researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found that women who drink two pints of beer a week could cut their risk of getting a heart attack by nearly a third.
The research revealed that sipping an ale or two every seven days is better than drinking nothing at all.
Researchers studied 1,500 women over a period of 50 years and recorded their consumption of beer, wine, or spirits.
The participants were asked to rate their consumption of the various drinks on a scale of ‘daily’ to ‘nothing in the past 10 years’.
Researchers then re-surveyed the women 32 years later to find that 185 women had a heart attack, 162 suffered a stroke, 160 developed diabetes and 345 developed cancer.
When the study ended in 2000 the women were between 70 and 92 years old.
The study found that women who claimed they drank beer once or twice per week had a 30 per cent lower risk of heart attack than women who drank ale more often or didn’t drink at all.
The research team concluded that moderate women beer drinkers appear to protect women from heart attacks.
Author Dr. Dominique Hange, from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, said: “Previous research also suggests that alcohol in moderate quantities can have a certain protective effect, but there is still uncertainty as to whether or not this really is the case. Our results have been checked against other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which substantiates the findings.
“At the same time, we were unable to confirm that moderate wine consumption has the same effect, so our results also need to be confirmed through follow-up studies.”
The study was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care in July 2015.