The rate of HDL decline was slowest in moderate beer drinkers, according to the study. But the alcohol-induced benefits of slowed HDL decline were almost eliminated in heavy drinkers. The researchers also analyzed whether the benefits of alcohol consumption depended on the type alcohol consumed. They found levels of HDL also decreased more slowly with self-reported moderate beer consumption. The study was presented at at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016, an American Heart Association conference. The scientists conceded further research of a similar nature would be needed to be done in another country to draw more solid conclusions. Doctors sustain however there are other ways to reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ besides consuming alcohol, such as making dietary and lifestyle changes. The American Heart Association recommends not starting drinking now based those conclusions.