Moderate alcohol benefits: only for 15% of population

November 15, 2014 8:14 AM

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Alcoholic consumption (ethanol intake) at "moderate" level, up to 1 drink a day for women (corresponding to 14 g or 0.6 ounces of ethanol) and 2 drinks a day for men is associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease.

However, your favorite nightly tipple may only have cardio-protective benefits for people of a particular genotype of the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) polymorphism. For the other 85% of the population, this is not the case.

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