Alcohol and cardiovascular health: the dose makes the poison…or the remedy.

  title={Alcohol and cardiovascular health: the dose makes the poison…or the remedy.},
  author={James H O'Keefe and Salman K Bhatti and Ata Bajwa and James J Dinicolantonio and Carl J. Lavie},
  journal={Mayo Clinic proceedings},
  volume={89 3},
Habitual light to moderate alcohol intake (up to 1 drink per day for women and 1 or 2 drinks per day for men) is associated with decreased risks for total mortality, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, congestive heart failure, and stroke. However, higher levels of alcohol consumption are associated with increased cardiovascular risk. Indeed, behind only smoking and obesity, excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of premature death in the United States. Heavy alcohol… CONTINUE READING


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