They found out that the volume of alcohol they consumed over the course of the week was similar in both countries. In France, the alcohol consumption was spread out over the week, whereas in North Ireland, the alcohol consumption was concentrated on Saturdays. Thus, binge drinking in Northern Ireland is twenty times higher as in France. For the researchers, these include evenings, where more than 50 grams of alcohol are consumed. This equates to four to five glasses of wine or as many large glasses of beer. The study showed that almost twice as much men in Northern Ireland suffered from heart attacks than in France.
According to the scientists, another reason for the differing high number of heart attacks could be the type of the drunken alcohol. Whereas men in Belfast were more likely to drink beer and spirits, but almost no wine, French drinkers by far chose wine. Studies show that consuming wine on a regular and moderate basis has a positive impact on the heart. (red.yoopress)