While the risks of drinking moderately in adults is the subject of debate, a new study published by the American Heart Association and reported on by NDTV.com confirms that for the elderly, the debate is over – put the alcohol away.

The study showed that alcohol caused cardiomyopathy – a condition where the heart scars or grows thicker and more rigid – in the elderly population with moderate drinking. Moderate drinking is defined as one or two drinks a day. Women were more susceptible than men to this damage.

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