While a drink or two might make us feel better in the short term after a long day, experts haven’t been able to agree on whether or not alcohol is, in some way good for us. In fact, the latest study can’t even agree with itself.
A new study published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) compared the heart health of people living in either ‘dry’ or ‘wet’ counties in Texas. The research discovered that those in dry counties – those are where sale of alcohol is illegal – are more likely to have congestive heart failure or heart attacks. However, they are LESS likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation, which puts people at higher risk for strokes.
The study found that those in a ‘wet’ county have a 9 percent lower risk of heart attack and a 13 percent lower risk of congestive heart failure, but a 5 percent greater risk of atrial fibrillation.