Excessive drinking raises death risk

Dec 06, 2010

Drinking too much raises one's death risk

Binge drinking is an activity most associated with young college students on a Thursday night. However, a number of older adults engage in the activity as well.

Research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that binge drinking can have negative health consequences.

The study followed more than 6,000 people over the age of 55 in South Korea for more than 20 years. Men with a blood pressure of at least 168/100 millimeters of mercury were at a four times higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease if they consumed six or more drinks at a given time.

The National Institutes of Health says that binge drinking, or consuming more than five drinks at a time, can increase one's risk of developing certain conditions. They say that binge drinking can also lead to liver disease and pancreatic cancer.

Moderate alcohol consumption of a glass or two a day, however, has been shown to have some health benefits.

People looking to keep their health and life insurance costs down may want to consider ensuring that they don't consume excessive amounts of alcohol at once.

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