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Heart Health

15 September 2011

Drinking patterns affect heart health

How often you consume alcohol may be more important than how much you consume in determining the risk of heart disease, new research in mice shows.

How often you consume alcohol may be more important than how much you consume in determining the risk of heart disease, new research in mice shows.

"People need to consider not only how much alcohol they drink, but the way in which they are drinking it," lead study author John Cullen, research associate professor in the university's department of surgery, said in a university news release. "Research shows that people have yet to be convinced of the dangers of binge drinking to their health; we're hoping our work changes that."

  • A "daily-moderate" group, which was fed the ethanol equivalent of two drinks a day, seven days a week.
  • A "weekend-binge" group, which was fed about seven drinks on two days of the week.
  • A "control" group, which was fed a non-alcoholic cornstarch mix.

 

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