Cardiovascular

While research studies show that moderate alcohol consumption* reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes by up to 60 percent, consumption of more than three drinks a day has a direct toxic effect on the heart. Heavy drinking, particularly over time, can damage the heart and lead to:

  • High Blood Pressure alcohol triggers the release of stress hormones, constricting blood vessels and elevating blood pressure.
  • Heart Damage alcohol weakens heart muscle so it cannot pump enough blood to nourish the body.
  • Irregular Heart Beating alcohol changes the course of electric impulses in the heart.
  • Brain Stroke alcohol exacerbates the problems (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood clots) that lead to strokes.

Keep your heart and blood vessels healthy by knowing the importance of alcohol limits.

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