Study: Moderate Drinking Linked to Abnormal Heart Rhythm?

what is moderate drinkingInformation for this post was taken from an article by Amy Nelson at Reuters, published by NBC News.

A study of 30,000 older adults with a history of heart disease, reported by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that one’s chances of a heart arrythmia–also known as an atrial fibrillation (AF)–go up 14% if that person is a moderate drinker.

You can find more information on the study in the NBC News article linked above. But let’s be clear: this study only observed adults with a heart disease history. That was not mentioned in the article’s title. It’s misleading, but it’s standard procedure for a website looking for as many pageviews as possible.

Fact is, it’s been widely accepted for some time that moderate drinking may provide some health benefits for healthy adults. The danger, of course, is that alcohol is a slippery slope. It’s all too easy to overconsume, and it’s similarly easy to form bad drinking habits.

So, the big question: What exactly is moderate drinking?

  • Daily Intake for Men: No more than two drinks per day. One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
  • Daily Intake for Women: No more than one drink per day.

Researches believe moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent heart disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and gallstones. A daily drink has its health benefits, so just remember to show off your willpower after you’ve finished it. Overconsumption of alcohol is a leading cause of heart disease and other life-threatening conditions.

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About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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