Moderate Drinking May Reduce Frailty, Cardiovascular Disease for Seniors

Portrait of a young woman drinking a pint of hard cider.The consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol has been linked to a reduction in frailty and age-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease.

Key takeaways:

  • Increasing evidence indicates that moderate alcohol consumption helps to reduce inflammation evident in the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) – a pro-inflammatory marker.
  • The reduction in inflammation may translate into significant health benefits for older adults.
  • Compared with abstainers and occasional drinkers, there was a 21 percent reduction in markers of inflammation for moderate drinkers.

While evidence is growing that regular consumption of small amounts of alcohol, especially as red wine, may have beneficial effects on health, there are still some doubts that this protective association found in epidemiological study is attributable to abstention for alcohol of individuals who are already ill.

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