How social drinking affects the heart

Healthy people who binge drink are putting themselves at increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias and sinus tachycardia in particular, according to a study of beer lovers who attended the Munich Oktoberfest.

Electrocardiogram screening on more than 3,000 men and women who had been drinking, found that more than a quarter of the group had sinus tachycardia, marked by a resting heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute.

The researchers also found slightly increased, but not statistically significant, levels of other kinds of irregular heartbeats, including the heart palpitations of atrial

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