Beer Drinking Protects Against Heart Disease
(British Medical Journal)
The lowest risk for heart attack was found among men who drank almost daily and who drank 4 to 9  liters (9 to 20 pints) a week!

Martin Bobak, senior lecturer and Michael Marmot professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, U.K., and Zdenka Skodova senior researcher at the Department of Preventive Cardiology, Prague, Czech Republic has recently published their research study in the British Medical Journal (May, 2000) about the health effects of beer.

Below, we will show excerpts of their scientific study, the results of which are most useful for all of us in the brewpub and microbrewery industry.

The issue of how beer drinking is related to heart disease was addressed by conducting a study utilizing the help of a great number of cardiologists in the Czech Republic, a predominantly beer drinking country.

The two groups of the studied population were people who already had a non-fatal heart attack before, and a control group randomly selected from the overall population.The analyses were restricted to non-drinkers and to men who typically do not drink other than beer.

The results were true for both groups of people observed. 
It was also found, however, that the protective effect was lost in men who drank twice a day or more.



A healthy dose of good beer...
Effects of Beer Consumption on Heart Disease
Frequency of Drinking Relative Odds to get heart attack
Never (basis of comparison)
Less than once a month
Less than once a week
Several times a week
Almost daily, or daily
Twice or more daily
1.00
0.90
0.65
0.56
0.37
1.04
Average Weekly Beer Consumption  
Less than 1 pint per week (basis of comparison)
1 to 8 pints per week
9 to 20 pints per week
More then 20 pints per week
1.00
0.68
0.38
0.65