Long-term heavy drinking bad for arteries

Heavy drinking ages the arteries, and men are more likely than women to damage themselves in this way, warn epidemiologists.

A long-term study of 3869 adults shows that big drinkers tend to have accelerated rates of arterial stiffness compared with moderate drinkers, putting them at higher cardiovascular risk.

For men, this risk remains even when they stop drinking.

The study, which looked at alcohol drinking habits over 25 years, supports previous research on moderate alcohol consumption and its association with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.

The question is how much alcohol is too much and at what point does alcohol start to cause damage to the arteries?

The researchers compared data on participants’ alcohol consumption with carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV).

The greater the velocity, the stiffer the artery.

Alcohol intake was measured