Don't know why we should believe this when HDL improving drugs were flopping in clinical trials.
A study of 80,000 adults found the natural decline in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, in the body was slowed by a moderate intake of alcohol.
The results showed that one or two daily servings of alcohol for a man, or up to one for a woman, was associated with a slower HDL decline than either not drinking at all, or drinking too heavily.
Current UK Government advice recommends that both men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week, the equivalent of six pints of average strength beer.
The previous guidelines, ditched in January this year, advised a limit of 21 units for men and 14 for women.
The scientists said more studies were needed to determine whether the alcohol-HDL association applied to non-Chinese populations.