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Negative Effects of Alcohol on Heart Disease

Drinking too much alcohol can damage the liver and heart muscle, lead to high blood pressure, and raise triglycerides. Therefore, for people who already have high triglycerides, avoiding alcohol is recommended.
 
(Click Alcohol and High Blood Pressure to learn more.)
 
For people taking certain medications, alcohol can possibly have an impact on the medicine's effectiveness. Also, some medicines can make a person tired or drowsy, and alcohol can make these side effects worse.
 
Meanwhile, binge drinking can contribute to stroke and doubles the risk of dying after a heart attack. Too much alcohol also can damage the heart muscle, leading to heart failure. Heavy drinking raises the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a cluster of heart disease risk factors that is particularly dangerous for people who already have heart disease.
 

Final Thoughts

Talk with your doctor about the impact of alcohol use on heart disease and other health conditions you may have. If you do decide to drink, moderation is the key. If you cannot stop at one to two drinks per day, alcohol should be avoided because the health risks will outweigh the benefits.
 
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