Excessive alcohol intake 'can lead to heart problems'

6 February 2012

People are at an increased risk of suffering heart problems, as well as other serious health issues, if they choose to drink more than the recommended limits.

This is the warning of health secretary Andrew Lansley, who pointed out those who ignore the alcohol guidelines have more chance of developing heart disease, being struck down by cancer or suffering a stroke.

Despite these threats though, a new study by Change4Life highlighted that 85 per cent of people do not realise that exceeding alcohol limits can increase the risk of breast cancer.

On top of this, 30 per cent did not identify high blood pressure with high alcohol intake, with 66 per cent failing to link this lifestyle choice with the risk of developing bowel cancer.

Mr Lansley acknowledged: "It's crucial we support people to know about how drinking too much poses risks to their health and how they can take control of their drinking."

A recent study conducted by a group of US researchers found resveratrol - a chemical found in red wine – is able to boost the energy of human cells, in a discovery which could allow heart disease to be better treated in future.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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