Men With High Blood Pressure Should Not Binge Drink

2010-08-23 09:36

It’s really rather simple; if you are a man with high blood pressure, do not binge drink. A new shows that men with high blood pressure should not binge drink as they are at an increased risk of death.

Those men who drink more than 6 drinks a day are up to 4 times more likely to die from stroke or heart health, and the risk goes up the more that a man drinks. The study was carried out by researchers from the Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, and consisted of a group of men who all had hypertension.

Stroke and heart risk higher in men with high blood pressure

Researchers from the Department of Preventive Medicine in Seoul studied 6,100 men and women from a farming community; they followed study participants for 21 years. Their study conclude that men with a blood pressure reading of 168/100 are up to 3 times more likely to die from either stroke or heart problems.

"The pattern of drinking -- such as heavy binge drinking -- does matter, not total volume of alcohol per week in terms of risk of stroke mortality," said lead researcher Dr. Heechoul Ohrr, a professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul.

Binge drinking, for U.S. men, is defined as having five or more drinks in a row; in women, as having four or more drinks in a row. Studies have shown that more than 35 percent of adults with an alcohol problem developed symptoms such as binge drinking by age 19. Long-term use risks liver damage, pancreatitis, certain cancers, and literal shrinkage of the brain, as stated by US Department of Health and Human Services.

Alcohol consumption not only leads to high blood pressure, stroke, and sudden cardiac death, it also increases dangers like obesity, breast cancer, violence, sexual assaults and accidents. Binge drinking is common. The CDC says about 92 percent of U.S. adults report binge drinking in the past 30 days.

Binge drinking is generally associated with high blood pressure, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, liver disease, neurological damage such as brain shrinkage, sexual dysfunction and poor control of diabetes. The American Heart Association suggests that one should drink moderately, which has health benefits.

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