Binge-drinking at least six cocktails in one night may increase the risk of cardiovascular complications like heart attacks and strokes over the following week, a research review suggests.
Even one drink was associated with higher odds of cardiovascular problems over the next 24 hours compared to teetotalers, the analysis also found. After that, however, moderate drinkers who indulge in two to four adult beverages may actually experience a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes over the next week than their friends who drink nothing at all.
“The impact of alcohol on your risk of heart attacks and strokes depends on how much and how often you drink,” said lead study author Elizabeth Mostofsky of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
“Habitual moderate alcohol consumption is associated with lower risk of heart disease in both sexes, but the amount of alcohol associated with cardiovascular benefits is lower among women than among men,” Mostofsky added by email. “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.” While previous research has linked moderate drinking to a lower risk of heart attacks over time, the current analysis focused on what happens in the first days after imbibing based on how much alcohol people consumed. Read more