Just having a couple of drinks a day may damage your heart when you start to age, a new study shows. According to the report, women are especially vulnerable to the effects of even a few drinks. In both men and women, a couple of drinks a day tended to affect the heart’s structure, making it work less efficiently. In their study, the team surveyed nearly 4,500 people who were an average of 76 years old. Approximately half of them said they didn’t drink at all. The team defined one drink as 14 grams of ethanol, which is about a 5 ounce glass of wine, a bit more than a 12-ounce serving of beer or just under an ounce-and-a-half of spirits. The more people drank, the more their heart’s structure and function changed. Another study published earlier this year showed that middle-aged people who drink more than moderately have a higher stroke risk.
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