The author of the report said the study disproved the theory that low to moderate consumption of alcohol was good for the heart.
Jan Casas, professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the study used data from more than 260,00 participants in 56 studies.
He said even light drinkers could reduce their risk of coronary heart and blood pressure.
He said: “We expect these finding will help to simplify policymaking about alcohol consumption. There was this issue about whether consumption of low to moderate consumption was good for your heart. This study shows this is simply not the case.”
Prof Casas said previous studies had been hampered by the fact that participants in studies often under-reported how much they drink.
To get around the problem the researchers studied people who carry a genetic variant which means they can only consume a few drinks a week.
The chief medical officer, Sally Davies, is conducting a review of the guidelines on how much alcohol is safe to drink. The current advice recommends women drink no more than two to three units of alcohol a day while men should not exceed three to four.