Low to moderate alcohol use (no more than 2 drinks a day for men, 1 drink a day for women) might lower the risk of coronary artery disease.
If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. But if you do not drink alcohol, do not start drinking to try to lower your risk of heart disease. You have many other options that can lower your risk. These options include a healthy diet, exercise, and not smoking. Talk to your doctor about your heart and the benefits and risks of drinking alcohol.
Equivalents of 1 alcohol drink
12 fl oz (355 mL)
5 fl oz (148 mL)
1.5 fl oz (44 mL)
Drinking too much alcohol can be dangerous and can cause problems. Having more than 1 alcohol drink a day for women or more than 2 drinks a day for men may:
Brien SE, et al. (2011). Effect of alcohol consumption on biological markers associated with risk of coronary heart disease: Systematic review and meta-analysis of interventional studies. BMJ. Published online Feb 22, 2011 (doi: 10.1136/bmj.d636).
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD – Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD – Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD – Family Medicine