Protecting your heart is an integral part of protecting your health. It is no surprise that drugs and alcohol can take a negative toll on the body, making addiction recovery even more important. Excessive drinking can be especially harmful to the heart and increase risk of heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
Recognizing that fact, and the fact that February is National Heart Month, it’s important to understand how alcohol affects the heart.
- It increases the risk of high blood pressure which makes your heart work even harder to pump.
- Alcohol is full of empty calories which can increase weight gain thereby leading to obesity and risk of diabetes. Both of these are risk factors for heart disease.
- Excessive drinking can weaken the heart muscles making it work harder because it cannot pump as efficiently.
- Alcohol can contribute to the development of an irregular heartbeat.
There are some studies that show there may be benefits to drinking for heart health. However, it is important to be very cautious. Results will vary from person to person and also depend on other factors of an individual’s lifestyle. You should not start or increase your drinking because you think it’s good for your heart – you may actually be doing more damage. There are other ways to achieve similar benefits without drinking any alcohol. A healthy lifestyle, nutritious diet, plenty of exercise, adequate sleep, reducing stress, and staying hydrated with water can all benefit your heart health in multiple ways.
Seacliff Recovery Center supports clients in turning their lives around and adopting healthier routines free from substance use. Through a combination of evidence-based therapies, holistic activities, and a strong support network, clients can overcome addiction and protect their heart from the dangers of drinking.If your drinking has become problematic and you’re concerned about your health, contact Seacliff about treatment options.