According to some new evidence not all alcohol is created equal when it comes to protecting your heart. Dutch researchers have found that spirits and red wine caused a rise in homo cysteine levels, which have been associated with a greater risk of heart disease. There was no recorded increase when participants consumed beer.
It is thought that it is the Vitamin B group that inhibit the increase of homo-cysteine in the body and that as beer is rich in folates and vitamin B6 it may be more protective because it raises the levels of B vitamins to a higher level than that of red wine or other spirits. Of course there is still the argument about whether any alcohol is in fact good for you.
(Image courtesy: François Jaques: Peasants Enjoying Beer at Pub in Fribourg (Switzerland, 1923)