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Drinking red wine could help fight the risk from Covid infection, study finds

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Red wine is among the alcoholic drinks said to reduce the risk of Covid infection, a new study has found - but experts have warned against drinking to excess.

A study published in Frontiers in Nutrition looked at the medical records of 473,957 people through the UK Biobank. The report studied the drinking habits and Covid history during the course of the pandemic.It discovered that people that consumed five or more glasses of red wine per week were up to 17 per cent less likely to be at risk from the virus, when compared to non-drinkers.

Scientists said that the reduced risk could be the result of the drink’s high polyphenol content, which can inhibit the likes of the flu and other respiratory conditions.

Consumption of white wine and champagne above the recommended alcohol guidelines decreased the Covid risk.The study found that people who drink one to four glasses a week of both drinks could lower the risk from Covid by up to eight per cent.But it was bad news for pint lovers, as those who drank any amount of beer and cider were at increased risk of 28 per cent from Covid when compared to non-drinkers.Did you know you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to our daily newsletter?We send a morning and lunchtime newsletter covering the latest headlines every day.We also send coronavirus updates at 5pm on weekdays, and a round up of the week's must-read stories on Sunday afternoons.Signing up is simple, easy and free.You can pop your email address into the sign up box above, hit Subscribe and we'll do the rest.Alternatively, you can sign up and check out the rest of our newsletters here.People who drank five glasses of spirits or more per week was also said to increase the risk from Covid.The report

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