Alcohol weakens the heart and offers no cardiovascular benefits

Here we are again at Dry July.  I love it.  I was lucky enough to give up alcohol at age 18 after realizing that it really did not agree with me and I was only drinking because everyone else was drinking.  it was one of the best decisions I ever made. 

The marketing of alcohol to “improve your health” is patently incorrect if you ask the experts.

  • Drinking alcohol (creating ethyl alcohol) is a toxic substance known for its ability to damage normal function in the body’s cardiovascular system
  • Drinking alcohol creates a metabolic side product called acetaldehyde, which the World Health organisation confirms is high level cancer-causing
  • Excessive alcohol consumption creates high blood pressure (the #1 cause of death for New Zealander’s and most of the world)
  • Alcohol can cause a form of heart failure known as alcoholic cardiomyopathy

Study by researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); Vatsalya Vatsalya, Reza Momenan, Daniel W. Hommer and Vijay A. Ramchandani “Cardiac Reactivity During the Ascending Phase of Acute Intravenous Alcohol Exposure and Association with Subjective Perceptions of Intoxication in Social Drinkers” as published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Volume 38, Issue 5, pages 1247–1254, May 2014.  As reported by on May 21, 2104.


Posted: Wednesday 2 July 2014