Young adults beware, binge drinking can up the risk of high BP: Study

Young adults beware, binge drinking can up the risk of high BP: Study

The entire United States is grappling with the problem of substance abuse, be it prescription drug misuse, alcoholism or some other drug addiction. Binge drinking has become a big problem with the nation’s youth. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 8.7 million people aged 12-20 reported consuming alcohol in the past month in the U.S. A recent study has warned that young adults who indulge in binge drinking face a greater risk of suffering from high blood pressure as compared to occasional drinkers.

The study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) says that binge drinking, which is equivalent to drinking five or more alcoholic beverages in less than two hours, is rampant among youth in their 20s. This leads to high blood pressure which increases the chance of developing hypertension.

The study analyzed data from 756 participants from the Nicotine Dependence in Teens study at aged 20. Professor Jennifer O’Loughlin said, “Our findings show that more than one in four young adults who binge drink meet the criterion for pre-hypertension – i.e. a systolic blood pressure between 120 and 139 millimeters of mercury.”

“This is worrisome because this condition can progress to hypertension, which in turn can cause heart disease and premature death,” O’Loughlin added. She also suggested that clinicians need to be alert while treating young adults with high blood pressure problem. He said that while checking the young people for high blood pressure, health professionals should ask not only about diet, salt intake, and obesity, but also about their alcohol consumption.

Studies have not specified how the body takes to discontinuation of binge drinking. It has not been proved yet whether a person’s blood pressure will return to “normal” levels after reducing or quitting alcohol, said Dr. Stephen Daniels, chair of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “This is an area that needs more research,” he added.

Alcoholism

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 18 million adult Americans have an alcohol use disorder. Heavy drinking can increase the chances of certain cancers, and can damage liver, brain and other vital organs. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heavy alcohol consumption leads to high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and weight gain, which result in an increased risk of heart diseases.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in 2015 revealed that men indulge in binge drinking two times more than women and that binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to report alcohol impaired driving than non-binge drinkers.

Binge drinking is associated with numerous health problems such as unintentional injuries, alcohol poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, liver diseases, neurological damage, sexual dysfunction, etc.

The United Kingdom came up with a new drinking guideline earlier this year and the U.K.’s chief medical officer Dr. Sarah Jarvis has warned that even minimal amount of alcohol is unhealthy and can increase the risk of cancer.

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