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Published 5:00 pm Friday, March 17, 2023

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The notion that light alcohol consumption can have a positive effect on cardiovascular health is well-known, though research suggests that notion is inaccurate. A 2022 study published in the journal JAMA Network Open reported that alcohol consumption of all amounts was associated with increased cardiovascular risk. However, the researchers noted that there were marked risk differences across levels of intake. The results of the study could prove a significant turning point in how even moderate alcohol consumption is viewed within the medical community, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that studies dating back several decades have called for a closer examination of the perceived link between such consumption and cardiovascular disease. With evidence now suggesting moderate consumption does not lower risk for cardiovascular disease, healthcare professionals may advise patients to avoid alcohol altogether.