A study of 50,000 men and women in Denmark found that men who drank every day had a 40% decrease in their risk for coronary artery disease. Those who drank once a week saw only a 7% decrease. However, that wasn't the case for women who only saw heart benefits from drinking one day a week. Drinking more than once a week reduced the risk of heart disease by only 1%, suggesting that, for women, the frequency of alcohol consumption is less important than it is for men.
A new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows even moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lower your child's IQ. This study raises concerns about unborn babies exposed to light to moderate amounts of alcohol, especially during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy. As a result, these children can have a two to seven-point decrease in IQ by age ten. A lower IQ can lead to impaired math and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to learn from experiences and function independently.
A related study from the University of Texas School of Public Health shows heavy alcohol consumption among women of child-bearing age remains high, particularly among women younger than 30. An estimated 45% of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and researchers are concerned that once a woman realizes she is pregnant, fetal damage may already have occurred. Heavy drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome, or FAS, which is a serious condition that can cause a variety of lifelong physical and mental problems.