Binge drinking among patients with severe hypertension increases odds of cardiovascular death
Binge drinking and high blood presser are not a good combination. According to a study published in the October issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, individuals with severe hypertension that had six or more drinks in one sitting increased their risk of cardiovascular death more than fourfold compared to nondrinkers who had normal blood pressure. Twelve or more drinks in one sitting increased the risk of cardiovascular death 13-fold among those with severe hypertension. “In general, everybody should moderate their drinking, but in particular if you have elevated blood pressure there’s even more reason to control the consumption of alcohol,” commented Brian Silver, MD, of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.