What are some of the possible heart-related benefits of moderate alcohol consumption?

Some of the possible heart-related benefits of moderate alcohol consumption include:

  • Raising the "good" HDL cholesterol level
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Inhibiting the formation of blood clots, which can be good because it may prevent a heart attack; but, it also could increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Helping prevent artery damage caused by the "bad" LDL cholesterol