Just when you thought that drinking one glass of wine a day was healthy, scientists find that it can actually be bad for you.
You've most probably heard that drinking just one glass of red wine a day can be good for your health; it can even reduce the risk for heart disease. However, a new study has found that it might not really be the case.
They found that drinking wine increases 'heart flutter'
According to the latest research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, drinking even just a small amount of alcohol daily can increase a person's risk for irregular heartbeats, or 'heart flutter'.
The scientists who did the research collected data from 900,000 people over a span of 12 the years and their findings suggest that regular drinking, even as little as one glass a day, can cause heart problems.
They found that drinking just 340 ml of beer with 5% alcohol, or 140 ml of wine with 12% alcohol increased the risk of abnormal heart rhythm by 8%. They add that every additional drink further increased the risk by another 8%.
They may not realise that they're putting themselves at risk
Professor Peter Kistler, of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, shares: "There has been a lot of attention in recent years about the benefits of drinking small amounts of alcohol for the heart."
"The results are significant, since chances are, there are people who are consuming one to two glasses of alcohol per day that may not realise they are putting themselves at risk for irregular heartbeat."
The scientists think that this might be related to alcohol intake altering and interfering with the electrical signals that regulate muscle cells and the autonomic nervous system which controls pulse and breathing rates. They also advise people who have irregular heartbeats to reduce their alcohol intake as much as possible in order to lower their risk of heart disease.
Christopher Allen, senior cardiac nurse at the British Health Foundation, shares:
"There is no truly 'safe' amount of alcohol you can drink and even if you don't exceed the recommended guidelines of 14 units per week, you could still be putting your heart health at risk." He adds, "Any small benefits there could be from drinking alcohol are far outweighed by the risks and drinking too much could lead to irregular heart rhythms and also liver failure, high blood pressure and stroke."
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