"It's primarily the alcohol that leads to more good cholesterol, among other things," Janszky said, per the report. "But alcohol can also cause higher blood pressure. So it's best to drink moderate amounts relatively often."
While the research is certainly great news for people who enjoy a few beverages every week, it's by no means reason to go wild and drink irresponsibly. With that said, Janszky warns that drinking alcohol can result in other problems and isn't the only way to way to keep your heart healthy. Additionally, few of the tens of thousands of subjects included in the studies were noted as heavy drinkers, so the researchers stressed that it's unclear if drinking too much does anything to reduce the risk of heart attack or heart failure, and that having five or more per week has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and other health problems.
"I'm not encouraging people to drink alcohol all the time," Janszky said. "We've only been studying the heart, and it's important to emphasize that a little alcohol every day can be healthy for the heart. But that doesn't mean it's necessary to drink alcohol every day to have a healthy heart."