Binge drinking increases risk of heart disease

30 April 2013

New healthcare research suggests that binge drinking at a young age can cause heart disease later in life.

The study found that university students who consumed excessive amounts of alcohol suffered from changes to blood circulation - a factor that ultimately triggers heart disease.

Senior study author, Dr Shane Phillips, said: “Regular binge drinking is one of the most serious public health problems confronting our college campuses, and drinking on college campuses has become more pervasive and destructive.”

Binge drinking, defined as at least four alcoholic beverages within a two hour period, is a popular recreational activity among university students. A study conducted by the Institute of Alcohol Studies found that an average of 12 per cent of uni students get drunk at least once a week, and about 29 per cent admit to binge drinking several times a month. Research by the University College London concluded that this habit continues into adulthood - approximately one half of all British adults are binge drinkers.

These individuals have an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and stroke, among other cardiovascular conditions. Cardiac CT scans or MRIs can be conducted to assess organ function and determine whether an individual is at risk for heart conditions.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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