Even Light Drinking Rises CV Risk
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Data were analyzed from 371,463 participants (mean age, 57 years; 46% men) who consumed an average of 9.2 standard drinks per week. Of these participants, 33% had hypertension, and 7.5% had coronary artery disease.

Results showed that well-established J- or U-shaped curves were seen for the association between alcohol consumption and both the prevalence and hazards of hypertension, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.

However, individuals in the light and moderate consumption group had healthier lifestyle behaviors than abstainers, self-reporting better overall health and exhibiting lower rates of smoking, lower body mass index, higher physical activity, and higher vegetable intake.

Adjustment for these lifestyle factors attenuated the cardioprotective associations with modest alcohol intake. Even very light alcohol intake is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease compared with not drinking at all, and the risk increases exponentially as alcohol intake rises, even at moderate levels.

Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/971191?src=rss