Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

7. Is drinking good or bad for your heart?

On one hand, studies in individuals younger than 65 have shown that moderate drinking—up to two drinks a day for men and one drink for women—can lower the chances of developing heart disease. On the other hand, heavy drinking—either drinking a lot all at once or over time—can damage the heart. Long-term alcohol use can also result in high blood pressure, which increases a person's risk of heart disease.

Learn more about alcohol's effects on the heart.