- Binge drinking of more than 4 alcoholic beverages in a night, for young adults, raises the risk of a heart attack later in their lives, according to a new study.
- Moderate alcohol consumption in early adulthood plays a vital role in preventing heart diseases when they reach middle age.
- Living an active and healthy life and monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol levels can help.
The negative health effects of alcohol and the risks it imposes on heart attacks depend on prevalence, consumption (how much you drink) and frequency (how often you drink). While factors like family history and age contribute to heart diseases and that which cannot be controlled. But lifestyle can be changed.
These are among the results of a survey of almost 5,000 young adults in a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association led by research author Mariann Piano.
According to the survey, 25.1% of men engaged in a high incidence of binge drinking (more than 12 times a year) and 11.8% in women. While there was 29% of men and 25.1% women reported who binge drink for less than 12 times up to 12 times a year.
Piano said that young adults need to be conscious of the impacts of repeated binge drinking to their heart and health.
“Young adults need to be aware that the consequences of repeated binge drinking may harm their hearts,” Piano said. “The risk extends beyond poor school performance and increased risk for accidental injury.
“Implementing lifestyle interventions to reduce blood pressure in early adulthood may be an important strategy to prevent cardiovascular disease later in life.
“Young adults should be screened and counseled about alcohol misuse, including binge drinking, and advised on how binge drinking may affect their cardiovascular health,” he recommended.
In a related study in 2017 on binge drinking, it was found that a regular consumption of high amounts of alcohol from the age of 16 showed a higher concentration in glucose in women’s blood which results to a higher risk in developing type 2 diabetes as they become older.
Source: Hindustan Times