A major study from Denmark shows people who drink in moderation can cut their risk of dying more than those who abstain.
People who neither drink nor exercise had a risk of heart disease almost 50 per cent higher than those who either drank, exercised or did both.
The study, published in the European Heart Journal, followed 11,914 Danish men and women over a period of around 20 years taking part in the Copenhagen City Heart Study.
....The study found non-drinkers were almost a third more likely to die from heart disease compared with people drinking moderately - up to two drinks a day. The risk remained no matter how much exercise was taken by abstainers.
....Heavy drinkers drank 15 or more drinks each week and fared as badly as non-drinkers, said the researchers.