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04.11.1310:18 PM ET

Drinking Tied to Longer Post-Breast Cancer Life

"Moderate" drinking also tied to healthier hearts and fewer non-cancer related deaths, Seattle researchers say.

Happy hour just got a whole lot happier. Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found in a study that women who suffered from breast cancer and had a few alcoholic drinks per week were slightly less likely to die from the cancer. The study followed newly-diagnosed patients for 11 years on average. Other findings include that also that moderate drinking before and after a breast cancer diagnosis was also tied to healthier hearts and fewer non-cancer-related deaths. But don't start guzzling alcohol Mad Men-style just yet: Other research has also shown that more regular drinking may actually increase the risk of breast cancer.