Moderate drinking can offer protection against heart disease for men with high blood pressure, in addition to those with normal blood pressure, suggesting advice for hypertensive patients to avoid alcohol is wrong, a new study has shown. Based on an ongoing survey of 14,126 male doctors, the Physicians' Health Study found that hypertensive men who drank 'moderately' - one or two drinks per day - had a 44% lower risk of dying from a heart attack than teetotalers with high blood pressure. The overall risk of death was 28% lower among moderate drinkers with hypertension compared to abstemious hypertensives. Michael Gaziano, lead author, in the study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine, said: "Patients with hypertension who are able to maintain light to moderate alcohol intake have no compelling reason to change their lifestyle and eliminate a possibly beneficial habit."