Text Size
Smaller
Bigger
Heart Health

Occasional Binge Drinking Erases the Cardiac Benefits of Moderate Drinking

posted 01:57 AM EST, Fri February 19, 2010
-- filed under: | |

While a drink a day may be heart healthy, binge drinking, even occasionally, seems to eliminate the cardiovascular benefits of moderate drinking and increase the risk of heart disease.

Canadian researchers out of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto say that moderate drinkers who occasionally binge drink are 45% more likely to develop heart disease than moderate drinkers who don’t binge.

Occasional binging was defined as having more than 5 drinks in a sitting more than 12 times per year. Daily binge drinkers were not included in the comparison study.

To come up with the risk statistics, the researchers evaluated data from 14 international studies involving more than 50 000 drinkers. Some of the studies compared the habits of heart disease patients to those without heart disease and others were simply longitudinal observation studies that linked behaviors to health consequences.

The researchers say that heavy (binge drinking) can raise blood pressure, cause blood clotting and heart rhythm disturbances negative consequences that seem to more than counteract the modest benefits provided by the moderate consumption of alcohol.

Other studies have shown that a drink or 2 a day can raise good cholesterol levels and reduce the risks of blood clotting.

Lead researcher, Michael Roerecke says that the study results show clearly that while some moderate drinking may have some benefits, that, “not all alcohol consumption is good for health.”

The researchers have published their findings in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Email It Send this page Print It Print friendly page Subscribe Subscribe to this topic category
Story Highlights
  • Binge: Drinking eliminates any cardiac benefits of moderate drinking
Creative Commons License
Copyright Notice
We welcome republishing of our content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the respective authors. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Join Thousands of Readers

who receive our weekly recovery newsletter.

Call Now for
Rehab Options
Insurance Accepted
(Except Medicare)
Helpful Information
Alcohol Addiction – the Straight Facts
Alcohol Addiction (Alcoholism) – Learn the Facts © Josep Salvia I Bote
The difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction (alcoholism), what puts you at risk of becoming an alcoholic and what to do once you’ve crossed that invisible line to addiction. Read Article
Addictions February 22, 2013
An Alcoholism Progression Timeline
A Timeline Charting the Progressive Nature of Alcoholism © Flannol
Here are 2 facts about alcoholism: It tends to get worse over time (it is progressive) and most people experience a fairly similar progression of symptoms and consequences. Here is a timeline which charts the progressive experiences of alcoholism through the early, middle and late stages. If you have a drinking problem, find out where you fall on the timeline and consider what’s coming in the future. Read Article
Alcoholism July 11, 2013 (12)
Alcohol Abuse and Stomach Pain? It's Probably Gastritis Heavy drinking can cause acute or chronic stomach pain. Read Article
Alcoholism April 04, 2008 (42)
Like Our Site? Follow Us!

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.