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Alcohol is good for the heart

Individuals who drink alcohol in moderation are less likely to develop heart disease than those who drink no alcohol at all, according to a study.

Those who drink a small amount are 14-25pc less likely to develop the condition than non-drinkers, the research from the University of Calgary in Canada found. A paper, led by Dr Susan Brien, found that moderate consumption of alcohol (up to one drink or 15g alcohol per day for women and up to two drinks or 30g alcohol per day for men) is good for health.

The researchers say that moderate amounts of alcohol significantly increase the levels of 'good' cholesterol in the body.