Low to moderate alcohol use (no more than 3 drinks a day for men, 2 drinks 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.
341 mL (12 fl oz)
142 mL (5 fl oz)
43 mL (1.5 fl oz)
Drinking too much alcohol can be dangerous and can cause problems. Having more than 2 alcohol drinks a day for women or more than 3 drinks a day for men may:
Other Works Consulted
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, ElectrophysiologyBrian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of: December 6, 2017
Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
& Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.