A very large number of studies have clearly shown that moderate alcohol intake is associated with a significant reduction in coronary heart disease and premature mortality. Regular consumption of small quantities of red wine seems particularly beneficial, in particular because of a lower risk of several cancers observed in wine drinkers.
A study reports that moderate alcohol consumption (1-14 drinks per week) reduces activity in the amygdala, the region of the brain involved in the stress response. The resulting reduction in chronic stress is associated with a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular events.
A panel of experts from the American Heart Association compared the effects of 10 popular diets on cardiovascular health. Unsurprisingly, diets based on a high plant intake are the best choices, far ahead of extreme diets such as paleo and keto.