Don’t Binge Drink If You Wish to Stay Away from Heart Disease

Binge drinking raises heart attack risk by 72%
Binge Drinking by Teenagers Can Debilitate their Emotional & Cognitive Skills

Even though we don’t do anything such as doing exercise or eating a healthy diet, we must at least refrain from doing things that can elevate the risk of heart disease and stroke! We fail from performing healthy activities and also fail from staying away from unhealthy activities. This puts the person at an even greater risk!

Young adults are totally into partying, night-outs and late-night work culture. They spend time with friends at nightclubs and enjoy drinking alcoholic drinks. What might start as social drinking would definitely end up as binge drinking many-a-time.

Binge Drinking

Binge drinking involves excessive alcohol consumption in a short period of time. What starts as social drinking might end as binge drinking as many social events these days include alcohol. During such events, individuals are in a mood to sit back, relax and enjoy themselves. This temptation to let go and enjoy tempts many people to party all night. Sometimes, these parties also include drinking games where colleagues/friends try to win against each other and end up in consuming dangerously high levels of alcohol. Binge drinking is mostly prevalent among adolescents and young adults, especially males. Effects on health are worse and it has been considered as a major public health issue. Binge drinking has serious health consequences such as cancer, heart problems, infertility, brain damage, liver disease, stroke and also other social consequences such as domestic violence or sexual assault. The effects depend on how much you drink, how quickly you drink, weight, gender, other drugs and medical history.

A new study shows that young adults who reported binge drinking more than a dozen times in the past year were likelier for certain risk factors for heart disease and stroke than those who binge drank less often/did not binge drink at all. While we already know that binge drinking affects heart health in middle-aged and elderly people, this study focused on the effects of binge drinking as young adults and if there were any known risk factors for heart diseases that could occur sometime later in life.

The Study

Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers looked into the health information of 4,710 adults aged between 18 and 45 years and analyzed their binge-drinking pattern. Analysis shows that:

  1. Men involved in binge drinking had slightly higher systolic blood pressure than those who did not binge drink.
  2. The average systolic BP of men who drank 12 or less than 12 times a year was 119 and the value rose to 121.8 in men who reported binge drinking more than 12 times a year. Whereas, the systolic blood pressure of men who did not binge drink stayed at 117.5 mmHg. Normal systolic BP rates are less than 120.
  3. Men engaged in binge drinking had higher total cholesterol levels comparatively and specifically the bad cholesterol (LDL) levels were greater in men who drank more than 12 times a year. Understand what is LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and the foods that are rich in each type of cholesterol by visiting the website www.firsteatright.com.
  4. But in case of the female population, women who were binge drinkers and women who were not binge drinkers almost had the same blood pressure levels, same LDL cholesterol levels but the only difference seen were in the blood glucose levels. Women who were binge drinkers were at a higher risk of having increased blood glucose levels.

Another study in 2017 found that alcohol abuse was associated with increased heart attack risk and atrial fibrillation. All these suggest that alcohol guidelines must act as a limit and not as a base target. It is necessary to take every precaution to drink well below the threshold.

It is essential that teenagers refrain from binge drinking as it can have debilitating effects on health. There is even a study that shows that alcohol exposure during adolescence, even before the brain is fully developed, can lead to abnormalities and affect a person’s behavior/maturity levels. It is always the first hour after binge drinking which poses the greatest threat-chances of a heart attack soar by almost 72%. The risk subsides substantially within three hours and the person is almost under negligible risk after 24 hours of a binge-drinking episode.

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