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Swedish study: Few really boost health with alcohol

Only about 15 percent of the population can use their health as an excuse for enjoying a couple of glasses of red wine daily, Science Nordic reports about new study from Gothenburg University.

Norwegian and Swedish researchers think they have found an explanation for why alcohol can protect against coronary heart disease.

The study might chill the blood of many red wine connoisseurs.

On the one hand it reconfirms what hundreds of other studies have shown – solid indications that a moderate intake of alcohol can provide protection against heart attacks.

But unfortunately the study found this only applies to a fraction of the population. In our part of the world, that adds up to 15 percent of us.

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