Christmas tipple may be good for health only if you're slim

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 09:10 hrs

The common assumption that a couple of glasses of wine are good for you may be wrong as a new study has found that moderate alcohol consumption may only be beneficial for your heart if you are thin.

Scientists at Australia's Curtin University have discovered that if you are overweight, far from boosting your heart's health, moderate alcohol consumption may actually put it at risk.

Dr Tim Lobstein and Professor Mike Daube acknowledged that previous studies show that a little alcohol may lower your risk of heart disease, while a lot will raise the risk.

However, the researchers in Perth were concerned that the data used in these studies had come from surveys undertaken more than 40 years ago when people were much slimmer than they are today.

Therefore, they believed that the findings may no longer stand, the Daily Mail reported.

Dr Lobstein, who co-authored the research, said that the findings from a previous generation may not apply to our modern, fatter population, so they revisited the data in the classic Framingham Heart Study and examined the differences between slimmer and fatter men to see how the J-shaped curve held up.

The researchers discovered that the health benefits still hold for slim men but not for those with a Body Mass Index above 27.5.

Healthcare professionals recommend that a healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 25.

Dr Lobstein concluded that the standard advice about a small amount of alcohol being good for the heart doesn't stack up for overweight men.

The study has been published in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. (ANI)

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