Drinking alcohol is harmful to health, yet many consider it safe if consumed in moderation. The truth, however, is that alcohol is more dangerous to our hearts than previously thought, according to a new study. According to the World Health Organization, alcohol consumption is very high in the European Union. Everyone knows that drinking alcohol for a long time is fatal, but there is a lack of awareness in European countries about it. This study was published in the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
Dr Bethany Wong of St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, said if you don’t drink alcohol, don’t start drinking. If you drink alcohol, reduce the amount each week, so that there is minimal damage to the heart.
How did the study go?
The study indicates that it is very difficult to determine the safe level of alcohol consumption. The study was conducted on 744 adults aged 40 years. Most of them were people who suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, etc. The risk of heart disease was higher in these people.
They received 10 grams of alcohol. The participants were divided into several groups according to their weekly, daily, low or no consumption. A total of 201 patients with excessive alcohol consumption were placed in the high anxiety category.
At the same time, 356 people drank alcohol in small quantities, while 187 people drank alcohol in limited quantities. It has been found that alcohol is harmful to health in all situations. The study suggested that the pre-heart failure group was 4.5 times more at risk of heart failure after starting to drink alcohol.
According to Dr. Wong, no benefit from alcohol consumption, even in moderation, has been observed. She said drinking 70g or more of alcohol per week was linked to an increased risk of heart failure. She added that all countries should insist on reducing alcohol consumption. For example, in Ireland, where cases of heart disease are high, the government should set the level of alcohol consumption at 17 units per week for men and 11 units for women.
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