One-third of people believe alcohol to be heart-healthy

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About one-third of people believe alcohol is heart-healthy, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Cardiology.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from 5,582 participants enrolled in the Health eHeart Study to evaluate public perception of alcohol's effects on the heart, where those beliefs come from, and how those perceptions influence alcohol consumption.

Results showed that 30% of participants believed alcohol is heart-healthy, while 39% perceived it as unhealthy and 31% were unsure of its effects. Of those who believed alcohol is heart-healthy, 80% reported lay press as the source of their knowledge on alcohol.

"Despite the equipoise regarding alcohol's cardiovascular effects and absence of relevant rigorous controlled trials, the lay press frequently portrays alcohol as 'heart healthy,'" the authors said.

Researchers found that older age, higher education, higher income, residence in the United States, and coronary artery disease were associated with believing alcohol is heart-healthy, while participants who have smoked and those with heart failure less frequently reported alcohol as heart-healthy.

The study demonstrated that those who perceived alcohol as heart-healthy drank 47% more alcohol regularly than those who believed it be unhealthy for their heart.

One-third of people believe alcohol is heart-healthy
About one-third of people believe alcohol is heart-healthy.
Approximately one-third of the public believes alcohol is heart-healthy, according to a study published in the Aug. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology. Isaac R. Whitman, M.D., from the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues evaluated data from consecutive participants enrolled in the Health eHeart Study to assess public perception of alcohol's heart effects, the sources of those perceptions, and how they may affect behavior.
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