Transcript for New Health Warning Links Alcohol and Heart Problems
There is a new health warning that is linking alcohol and heart problems. Who better to discuss this, Dr. Richard Besser, Jen Ashton. Tell us about the study first. The researches in California followed 14 million patients for up to five years. Those identified as excessive drinkers were at increased risk for three heart problems. Heart attack. Heart failure. And a rhythm problem. Called atrial fibrillation. It's not new. It's important to point out. We talk about moderate alcohol consumption being good for your heart. There's though go up that says, if you don't drink, start drinking. Most drinkers, when they hear this, they think, I must be a moderate drinker, I'll have more to protect my heart. What is overconsumption? Don't shoot the messenger. It's vague. When we're trained to get a alcohol history. We're taught to ask opennded questions. Tell me about how much alcohol you consume. People say, I drink socially. One serving of alcohol, if you talk about wine is this. Five ounces. This is what most people are drinking. So if you think oh, well, I drink seven, eight, nine glasses a week. You could be doubling that. By the way seven or less is moderate for wine or alcohol. You could easily be in a high level. And it's different for men and women. Sit. For men, moderate is up to two drinks. Women, it's one. The same thing you see there for wine holds for beer. Those big beers are two drinks. It holds for a cocktail, more than two drinks right there. So much more to discuss. You'll be talking about it on Twitter.
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