A daily glass of wine is not harmful to pensioners with heart disease – Study

A daily glass of small wine or half a pint of beer doesn’t appear harmful for pensioners with heart failure and actually helps them live longer, a new study revealed.

The over 65s who drink moderately live more than a year longer than those who give up the booze completely following a heart failure diagnosis, a new study has found.

The findings suggested drinking moderately was safe for patients – but cardiologists warned their data was observational and did not establish a cause and effect link.

Dr David Brown at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said patients often ask if they have to stop drinking. His new research confirms they do not have to - and perhaps shouldn't

It can be triggered by a heart attack or other chronic conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease.

Senior author, Professor of Medicine David Brown at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said: ‘My patients who are newly diagnosed with heart failure often ask me if they should stop having that glass of wine every night.

‘And until now, I didn’t have a good answer for them.

‘We have long known that the toxic effects of excessive drinking can contribute to heart failure.

‘In contrast, we have data showing that healthy people who drink moderately seem to have some protection from heart failure over the long term, compared with people who don’t drink at all.

‘But there was very little, if any, data to help us advise people who drink moderately and have just been diagnosed with heart failure.’

He said the study showed a ‘survival benefit’ for moderate drinkers compared with those who abstained from alcohol.

On average, their life expectancy was just more than a year longer than abstainers – a difference the researchers said was ‘statistically significant’.

The findings, however, did not suggest that nondrinkers should start imbibing after a heart failure diagnosis, the researchers warned.


Mother jailed in Dubai with daughter, four, for having a glass of wine on flight

A dentist thrown into a Dubai jail with her four-year-old daughter for drinking a glass of wine on a flight from London today tearfully told how she is desperate to return home and be re-united with her family.

Dr Ellie Holman, 44, faces being held in the Arab state for a year after being arrested for consuming alcohol provided by Emirates Airline on the eight hour flight from London.

She told MailOnline she cant wait to home in Kent and see her three young children, including daughter Bibi, who spent three days with her in an airport jail after her arrest.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ‘I just want to go home. I miss my friends and I miss my family, especially my Bibi.

‘Being in prison terrified me as a grownup, I can’t imagine how this must have affected her. I just want to be home and safe with Gary and all my children.’

Dr Holman, who runs a dental practice in Sevenoaks, Kent, fears the youngster will be mentally scared by her ordeal and insists she has never put her in danger by breaking any laws.

She added that her family are in torment over not knowing what will happen to her.

Officials have told her it could be up to a year before her case is resolved with the threat of a long prison sentence.

She said: ‘My family in England have it tough too, not knowing if I will end up in prison. I am taking this one moment at a time, anything more than that I am in tears.’

However a Dubai airport official told the Sun that they disputed Dr Holman’s account, saying she had tried to film the discussion with immigration staff.

‘She became abusive towards airport staff, which is not tolerated,’ the spokesman said.

MailOnline revealed how the Swedish born mum of three was thrown into jail after arriving for a five day holiday in the popular tourist destination.

Dr Holmon’s nightmare began after she stepped off an Emirates Airlines flight from London to Dubai on July 13th.

During the flight she was served a glass of red wine with her meal. Alcohol is served as standard practice on Emirates Airlines on flights from the UK to Dubai.

On arrival Dr Holman was quizzed by an immigration official over her visa who told her it was not valid.

She said she had visited the UAE several times before and as the visa had not expired assumed it was still valid.

The immigration officer told her the visa was valid for a single visit and said she had to buy a ticket and return to London immediately.

Dr Holman says she pleaded with the ‘dismissive and rude’ official to allow her to apply for a new visa at the airport telling him her daughter was exhausted.

She says says she and Bibi were ordered to sleep in a canteen area used by other inmates.