Heavy Drinking over a long time can increase the risk of heart attack in men.
Issues relating to health should not be taken lightly. You may have to think twice before you gulp that alcoholic drink because a recent report indicates it could be a slow poison.
The research shows that men that consume more than one pint of beer per day may likely develop lethal heart diseases. There are indications that prolonged use of alcohol causes the arteries to age prematurely.
The study that was carried out in the University College, London is based on the hypothesis that drinking obstructs normal blood flow by reducing the elasticity of the artery walls.
The report fingers the prolonged consumption of excess beer, alcohols, wines and cider as the cause of the deteriorating state of the blood vessels.
Surprisingly, the study shows that the consumption of the same volume of alcohol does not have the same negative effect on women. The report was based on a 25-years study of 3,869 participants between the ages of 30 and 60 of which about a quarter are men.
The research involves a weekly assessment of the arteries of the volunteers who report the volume of alcohol consumption before the weekly test. The amount of alcohol consumption was measured against the main arteries on the neck and tights.
Dr. Darragh O’Neill who is a clinical epidemiologist and the lead researcher in the study gave insight into the findings of the study. He said that the state of the arteries may be as a result of enzyme activities that causes collagen accumulation which increases the stiffening of the arteries.
He further noted that the study seeks to extend the study to include more demographic groups in the next phase. He said the present volunteers are from a single group which is mostly male.
However, he confirmed that medical data shows a close relationship between drinking habits and cardiovascular diseases.
This study that was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association is based on previous studies on the effect of heavy drinking on general wellbeing. Some of these studies linked excessive drinking habits to health conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, accidents, some types of cancer, and suicidal tendencies.