Moderate alcohol consumption (1 or 2 drinks per day) is associated with a reduced risk of developing heart disease.

Higher levels of intake however can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease including heart rhythm abnormalities, heart failure and high blood pressure. Excessive alcohol intake is one of the most common causes of admission to hospital in the British Isles. The UK government recommends no more than 4 units of alcohol in men and 3 units in women a day. In addition men should not drink more than 21 units a week and women no more than 14 units a week.

1 unit of alcohol = one small glass of wine, half a pint of normal strength lager, cider or beer or 1 pub measure of spirits.