The Immediate Cardiovascular Risks After Heavy Alcohol Consumption – AHA


With the help of a computer model, scientists find that lowering the price of fruits and vegetables can bring down the risk of heart disease and stroke. “This is consistent with public health recommendations that advise consumption of no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for non-pregnant women”.

“Heavy alcohol consumption must always be avoided, not only for the risk of cardiovascular disease, but also because it causes acute injury to the liver and to the central nervous system”, Lippi said by email.

The study follows guidelines from Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, which contends that any level of regular alcohol consumption “carries a health risk”.

Immediately following alcohol intake, there are both harmful and protective physical responses. Bingers – women who drink more than 4 alcoholic beverages in 2 hours and men who drink more than 5 – were 72 percent more likely than others to have heart failure, said the researchers.

Previous research has described cardiovascular risks following moderate and heavy alcohol consumption, but the immediate risks have not been well documented.

In turn this is linked to a lower risk of a heart attack or stroke from bleeding on the brain.

For those who drink, the American Heart Association recommends moderation. Moderate drinkers on the other hand, may experience different effects after a few hours more than days or weeks later.

Within one to three hours, a single drink increases heart rate and disrupts the heart’s normal pacing, but by 24 hours, moderate alcohol intake improves flow-mediated vasodilation, endothelial function and fibrinolytic factors.

The team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 23 studies that included nearly 30,000 participants.

“Just after drinking, blood pressure rises and blood platelets become stickier, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes”. Guzzle down six drinks or more, and you’ll increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by the same amount. This may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Six to nine drinks a day increased the risk as much as twofold, while 19 to 30 drinks a week increased the risk as much as six times, the research revealed.