“If you’re in good shape, moderate drinking makes you 25 percent to 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or hardened arteries,” says WebMD.com in its “Surprising ways alcohol may be good for you” slideshow. Really? In many studies that have tracked thousands of people for years, those who have one or two drinks a day do have a lower risk of heart disease and some types of stroke than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers.