Moderate drinking may not be so great after all, not for the elderly at least. A new research which appeared in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation - Cardiovascular Imaging says having two or more drinks daily may damage the heart of elderly people. Among men, drinking more than 14 alcoholic beverages weekly (heavy drinking) is linked with enlargement of the wall of the heart's main pumping chamber (left ventricular mass).
(Myths and Facts About Heart Health)"Women appear more susceptible than men to the cardiotoxic effects of alcohol which might potentially contribute to a higher risk of cardiomyopathy, for any given level of alcohol intake," said Scott Solomon, professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. In cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle becomes larger, thicker, more rigid or is replaced by scar tissue.(Eat These to Reduce The Risk of Heart Disease)"In an elderly population, increasing alcohol intake is associated with subtle alterations in heart structure and function, with women appearing more susceptible than men to the toxic effects of alcohol," said lead researcher Dr. Alexandra Goncalves, who is a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston