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Binge drinking, high blood pressure combination may prove deadly--study

Studying the subjects for a period of 21 years, the researchers found that drinkers with blood pressure of at least 168 /100 millimeters of mercury were three times more likely to die due to cardiovascular problems compared to teetotalers with normal blood pressure.

Suffering from high blood pressure and also indulging in binge drinking? If so, hold on, as the two put together may prove a deadly combination, researchers have found.

As per the study conducted by researchers at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, excessive alcohol drinking increases the risk of death from stroke or heart disease among men with high blood pressure or hypertension.

6,100 participants studied
For the study, Heechoul Ohrr, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study and professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University, and his colleagues analyzed 6,100 residents of an agricultural community in South Korea.

All the study participants were aged 55 or older.

Out of the total study subjects, nearly 915 residents were moderate binge drinkers, and around 183 participants indulged in heavy binge drinking.

Further, among the participants who had high blood pressure, nearly 17 percent fell in moderate binge drinking category, and 3.9 percent indulged in heavy binge drinking.

For heavy binge drinkers, taking 12 or more drinks on one occasion, risk of cardiovascular death increased by nearly 12 times, compared to non drinkers.

Since only one percent of the residents were binge drinkers, the researchers did not study the link between high blood pressure and binge drinking in women.

Binge drinking ups risk of cardiovascular death in BP patients
Studying the subjects for a period of 21 years, the researchers found that drinkers with blood pressure of at least 168 /100 millimeters of mercury were three times more likely to die due to cardiovascular problems compared to teetotalers with normal blood pressure.

The normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 millimeters of mercury or below, and high blood pressure is 140/90mmHg or higher.

The findings also highlighted that high blood pressure patients who indulged in binge drinking, consuming six or more drinks at a time, increased their risk four folds.

For heavy binge drinkers, taking 12 or more drinks on one occasion, risk of cardiovascular death increased by nearly 12 times, compared to non drinkers.

The findings of the study have been published in the 'Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.'

AHA recommendation
Alcohol consumption not only leads to high blood pressure, stroke, and sudden cardiac death, it also increases dangers like obesity, breast cancer, accidents, etc.

Considering the adverse affects of alcohol consumption, the American Heart Association suggests that one should drink moderately, which has health benefits.

Men consuming two drinks in a day, and women taking one per day lower the risk heart disease compared to those who do not drink.