Studies show a link between heavy alcohol use and heart disease. Heart enlargement and heart failure can occur after long-term drinking of moderate or high levels of alcohol (more than two drinks each day).

Heavy use of alcohol can increase your blood pressure, raise your triglyceride levels and add more calories to your diet. Talk with your health care team about your alcohol use.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Take it to Heart: Your Healthy Heart Guide, cvs-ah-92674
First Published: 01/19/2019
Last Reviewed: 01/19/2019