The risk of heart attack and death from heart disease is doubled by binge drinking, new research has indicated.
French and Irish scientists examined the drinking habits of almost 10,000 men in France and Belfast. They found that the average amount of alcohol drunk in the course of a week was the same.
The results showed it was more common for men in Belfast to binge drink than those in France, who drank more regularly but had less in each sitting. Binge drinking mostly occured on the weekend, when 9% of men from Belfast drank excessively, compared to 0.5% from France.
Around 90% of drinkers in France did so regularly, compared with 51% in Belfast.
Meanwhile, three-quarters (75%) of French men drank daily compared with 12% in Belfast.
Binge drinking was defined as consuming at least 50g of alcohol on at least one day per week, while regular drinking was defined as consuming alcohol on at least one day a week and, if drinking on only one occasion, consuming less than 50g of alcohol.
- Patterns of alcohol consumption and ischaemic heart disease in culturally divergent countries: the Prospective Epidemiological Study of Myocardial Infarction (PRIME)