Study: Beer reduces heart disease risk

Texas research finds beer has same benefits as red wine

May 1, 1999 - A researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Texas reports that men and women who consume moderate amounts of beer (one to two a day) have a 30-40% lower rate of coronary heart disease compared to men and women who didn't drink.


The positive health effects of light to moderate consumption of beer match that of previously released studies regarding red wine and provides more benefits than white wine. The report states that "per drink, beer contains a similar amount of polyphenols (antioxidants) as red wine and 4-5 times as many polyphenols as white wine."

Margo Denke, M.D., Associate professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern, presented the results of the study at the medical school's Internal Medicine Grand Rounds in Dallas. The research was partially funded by a Texas beer distributor.

"The results of the 'Nutritional and Health Benefits of Beer' study clearly point to the potential health benefits of beer and how it might help save lives," said Bill Barrett, Chairman of Willow Distributors, Inc., the Dallas Coors, specialty and imported beer distributor. "With over 50 years in the beer industry and with the recent reports that reveal drinking 1 to 2 beers a day, can lower your chance of coronary heart disease by 30-40%, I decided to partially fund this review," said Barrett.