Happy Hour, Happy Heart?


Want to lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease by 40 percent? It’s possible if you’re a moderate drinker.

That’s from a Harvard School of Public Health review of 100 studies dealing with alcohol intake and heart disease.

Studies show that alcohol in moderation can increase your HDL (“good”) cholesterol, reduce risk of blood clots and reduce inflammation, which plays a role in heart attacks.

The key is moderation — no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. A drink is 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits. Research shows the more alcohol a person drinks, the higher the danger of high blood pressure, stroke, obesity and dependence.