There’s a reason why doctors always tell you ‘Do everything in moderation.’ If you eat too much, drive too fast, or drink too much, it can and will have negative effects on your health. Take drinking alcohol for example—binge drinking wine, beer, or spirits until you’re well past the point of intoxication is something that can work against you very quickly. What’s the worst that can happen if you binge drink? According to new research, binge drinking is extremely dangerous for your heart.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health surveyed 4000 heart attack victims to see if there was an increase in heart attack risk after binge drinking. Each individual was asked about his or her drinking habits prior to their heart episode, and after crunching the data, the researchers found that the biggest chance of a repeat heart attack increases by 72% in the hour after the person began drinking.
The increase risk of a heart attack is scary enough, but research also indicated that binge drinking and repeat exposure to alcohol had an effect on a person’s long term memory and their learning skills. This is bad news for teens that binge drink, because binge drinking while young has already been proven to disrupt brain development and increase the likelihood of having a substance abuse problem as they grow older.
You might think the worst thing that can happen after binge drinking is alcohol poisoning or a really bad hang over, but for people who already have heart issues, binge drinking can lead to an outcome much worse than that because a heart attack can land you in the emergency room or take your life in a second. If you’re at risk for heart trouble, it might be a good time to take a word of advice from the doctor and make sure if you drink, you drink moderately.