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Studies show a link between heavy alcohol use and heart disease. Heart enlargement or heart failure can occur after long-term moderate or heavy alcohol use.

  • Heavy use of alcohol can increase your blood pressure, raise your triglyceride levels and add more calories to your diet.
  • Light alcohol use is not linked with increased heart risk and it may even have benefits. Talk with your health care team about your alcohol use.

Is heavy drinking a problem for you? Our alcohol and drug use inventory can help you answer that question.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts