There is some evidence that drinking alcohol can benefit the heart. Drinking one alcoholic beverage per day or drinking alcohol on at least 3 to 4 days per week is a good rule of thumb for people who drink alcohol.
But don’t drink more than two drinks per day. More than two drinks daily can increase the risk of over-all death as well as dying from heart disease.
Here is what researchers have found: Drinking alcoholic beverages, including beer, by healthy people seems to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Moderate alcohol use (one to two drinks per day) reduces the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), and heart attack by approximately 30% to 50% when compared with nondrinkers.
Light to moderate alcohol use (one to two drinks per day) reduces the risk of having the type of stroke that is caused by a clot in the blood vessel (ischemic stroke), but increases the risk of having the type of stroke caused by a broken blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke).