Moderate beer drinking could have the same health benefits as wine

We’ve known for a while now that moderate wine-drinking can confer some health benefits.Now a new study reveals moderate beer consumption can also reduce the risk of heart disease by 31%. So what’s behind this unexpected health benefit?

Researchers at Italy’s Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura combined several different studies conducted in the last few years that allowed them to explore the possible link between beer drinking and cardiovascular disease, with a data set of over 200,000 people. They found that regular, moderate beer drinking carries almost exactly the same health benefit that has previously been demonstrated for wine consumption, as moderate beer drinkers enjoy a 31% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease compared to non-drinkers. The best combination, they discovered, was drinking slightly more than an English pint’s worth of beer containing 5% alcohol each day.