According to a study published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, moderate drinking can lead to heart damage in elderly people. Among 4,466 people participating in the study, researchers found that subtle changes to heart function and structure were associated with moderate drinking; the more drinking, the more changes were noted. “Among men, drinking more than 14 alcoholic beverages weekly (heavy drinking) was linked with enlargement of the wall of the heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricular mass). Among women, moderate drinkers had small reductions in heart function.”

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