Two studies covering more than 50 countries have concluded that low to moderate alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of heart attacks and life-threatening flaws in the heart. The findings follow others around the world and most recently a British cardiologist who recently admitted he prescribed wine to his patients over the past ten years believing it helps to stave off heart attacks. Various studies over past years have shown that compared to not drinking at all, researchers have found that moderate drinking resulted in a lower risk of heart attack. As much as 10 to 15 %. These researches have taken part in many places around the world. Conversely the consumption of 6 or more drinks over a 24 hour period increased the risk of heart attack 40 % for those aged 65 and over.