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Another Reason to Stop After One Glass: Increased Stroke Risk

'Tis the season for drinking. You're bound to enjoy champagne toasts with family, wining and dining with friends, and sipping back an eggnog at your office holiday party. One drink is fine, but a recent study shows that for women, consuming more than two alcoholic drinks a day can lead to heart problems. The condition is known as atrial fibrillation, and it's a type of rhythm disorder that causes a rapid heart rate. This can lead to difficulty breathing, fainting, fatigue, dizziness, and could even lead to a deadly stroke. Drinking more than two drinks a day increases a woman's risk for atrial fibrillation by 60 percent.

So enjoy the holidays with a mulled wine or hot toddy, but don't go overboard, for your heart's sake. And if that is not reason enough to stop after one glass, check out these five reasons to drink in serious moderation.

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psterling psterling 8 years
This is an average, right? Because my mom doesn't drink every day but on the occasional family get together, she's been know to drink a little more than her fair share...
lawchick lawchick 8 years
ok, so if "more than two alcoholic drinks a day" is a problem, then it's ok to have two drinks a day, right? what's the reason to stop after ONE glass then? ;) slinky I have read some stuff that binge drinking is super bad for women in particular. not sure how it compares to drinking less but more frequently.
slinkygirl816 slinkygirl816 8 years
this info is all well and good, but can someone please talk about binge drinking instead? in my experience, with the majority of the people i know of all legal ages, most of us are not drinking at all during the week, but drinking a lot more than 2 drinks a day on weekends. is this any worse or better? how is it different?
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