Young people who frequently binge drink have significantly more risk factors for heart disease than their peers who don’t binge drink, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more alcoholic drinks in a row for men and four or more for women.
For this study, researchers at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee, analyzed cardiovascular risk factors in 4,710 adults ages 18 to 45 from the 2011-2012 and the 2013-2014 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Participants reported non-binge drinking, binge drinking (1-12 times yearly), or frequent binge drinking (more than 12 times yearly) and the researchers compared blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels in the three groups.
After adjusting for other factors, including diet and physical activity levels, the researchers determined that young men who reported frequent binge drinking had higher blood pressure and cholesterol than non-binge drinkers, and women who binge drink. Young women who reported frequent binge drinking had higher blood sugar levels than women who didn’t binge drink.
Sourced from: JAHA