Washington – Drinking alcohol increases 70% rate or chance of a heart attack as well as the blood pressure of the person drinking in the starting hour. This is according to a new study that has been published online in the journal Epidemiology and which states that these attacks are higher at the beginning of the binge drinking session.
The study has it that there is more risk of heart attack in Binge drinking gin, vodka or whiskey than in binge drinking wine and beer. Individuals who never drink on weekdays and then go binge drinking over the weekend face the highest risk.
The investigative team at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, however, added that someone who drinks a small quantity of alcohol regularly could potentially benefit from it.
Binge drinking has been defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a drinking pattern that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, to 0.08 grams per deciliter. This happens when a man drinks five or more drinks and when a woman drinks four or more drinks all in the same hour.
A lot of alcohols taken by youth under the age of 21 is said to be in the of binge drinks. This has been reported by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Any brain of an adolescent or young adult that is said to be developing gets uniquely sensitive to levels of alcohol. However, prohibitions by parents on underage alcohol consumption, has more often than not fallen on deaf ears.
Mary-Louise Risher, who is the lead author of the study and a post-doctoral researcher, says that despite a person reaching 18yrs termed to be adulthood, the brain continues to mature and refine until one is in their 20s.
“Drinking heavily during the period of brain development could bring in changes that have a lasting impact on one’s memory,” Risher explained. Hence, there is a need to continue urging high-school and college-aged youths not to abuse alcohol.