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One glass of wine a day is worse for the heart than binge drinking, study finds


ONE glass of wine a day is worse for the heart than binge drinking, a study has found.

Frequent but minimal drinkers are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation — irregular heartbeat.

 One glass of wine a day is worse for the heart than binge drinking, a study has found

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One glass of wine a day is worse for the heart than binge drinking, a study has foundCredit: Getty – Contributor

It can cause shortness of breath and chest pains, and raise the risk of a stroke fivefold.

The risk of atrial fibrillation increased by eight per cent for every drink over a week, but the number of sessions was the strongest risk factor.

Dr Jong-Il Choi, leader of the Korean study, said the heart condition has “dreadful complications” that could wreck lives.

He added: “Frequent drinking is more dangerous than infrequent binge drinking.”

He said people should cut the frequency and amount they drink.

He said: “Preventing atrial fibrillation itself, rather than its complications, should be our first priority.
“Alcohol consumption is probably the most easily modifiable risk factor. To prevent new-onset atrial fibrillation, both the frequency and weekly amount of alcohol consumption should be reduced.”

The study found that drinking every day was the riskiest, while drinking once a week was the least risky.

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