I have been asked and actually told at various fora that research has shown that some degree of alcohol is good for the heart. In fact some people tell me that research has also shown that the French live a lot longer and healthier because they take at least one glass of wine with every meal. Well, are they right? Here are 5 things you should know about alcohol and your heart
· If you must, drink in moderation
Many health issues associated with alcohol are related to excessive consumption. So if you drink, stay within the 1 – 2 glasses limit per day
· High Triglycerides
Alcohol consumption has been shown to raise the triglyceride level in the bloodstream. The extra calories consumed while drinking alcohol turn into triglycerides or fats in the bloodstream, and elevated triglyceride levels in the bloodstream can harden the artery walls, which can eventually lead to heart disease and heart failure.
· High Blood Pressure
Alcohol has a lot of empty calories and these add unneeded fat and weight to the body, which can increase the blood pressure to unhealthy levels. Drinking three or more alcoholic beverages per day can lead to a long-term increase in blood pressure.
· Irregular Heartbeat
Having more than one or two drinks per day might increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat. If not controlled, an irregular heartbeat can weaken the heart and eventually lead to heart failure.
Please do not start drinking if you do not already drink alcohol. Many of the benefits of alcohol on the heart touted by many can be achieved through diet and exercise without exposing yourself to the inherent risks of alcohol over-consumption . Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of drinking alcohol. Recent research has shown that no amount of alcohol is risk-free! So, make the right choice 🙂
All the best 😀