Heart-Healthy Tip #14: Have a Drink

By: Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.  |  Friday, February 18, 2011
Have a drink. A moderate amount of alcohol daily (no more than two drinks for men, one for women) has proven heart benefits, boosting levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol) and reducing the tendency of blood clotting. A moderate alcohol habit may even be protective against certain types of strokes. But drinking more than those recommended amounts—generally, 3 to 4 ounces of 80-proof alcohol per day—can do just the opposite: it raises blood pressure. And, to put things in perspective, alcohol-related deaths kill more people each year than heart-disease. That’s why most health experts agree that if you’re not a drinker now, it’s not worth starting the habit just to protect your heart. After all, there are many other ways you can lower your heart disease risks. Learn More: EatingWell's Guide to Alcohol and Your Health Is Alcohol Good or Bad for Your Health? How Alcohol Affects Your Body Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Join the Healthy Hearts Club group for daily heart-healthy tips throughout the month of February.