Is wine your boozy drink of choice? Nine.com reports on a new study that finds that may be a good thing when it comes to your health. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K. analyzed data from more than 440-thousand participants over seven years and found wine offers benefits that other drinks don’t. It turns out, those who regularly enjoyed a glass of wine had a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, but the same wasn’t true for those who drank beer, cider, and spirits.
The drinkers of other types of booze were found to have a higher risk for health issues including cancer, stroke, cardiovascular events and overall mortality. In fact, according to Nine those who consume other types of alcohol within the guidelines – which is no more than 14 units per week in the U.K., where the study was done – actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%. But the wine drinkers? They lowered their risk of coronary heart disease by five to 10%.
And if you want the health benefit without having to catch a buzz, you can. The decreased risk of coronary heart disease was found in alcohol-free wine as well, which suggests it’s the antioxidants in wine that provide it, not the alcohol.