- Men aged 18-45 years who binge drink have an increased risk for higher BP, poor lipid profile compared with women.
- Women who binge drink have higher high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and glucose.
Why this matters
- Young adults have the highest rates of binge drinking.
- Study authors suggest that especially in patients with already elevated BP, a discussion about regular binge drinking might be warranted, including potential related cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.
- Analyses controlled for diet and physical activity.
- Compared with men who were not binge drinkers, those who were low- and high-frequency binge drinkers had:
- Higher systolic BP: 121.8 and 119.0 mmHg vs 117.5 mmHg (P=.04 and .01, respectively).
- Higher total cholesterol: 215.5 and 217.9 mg/dL vs 207.8 mg/dL (P<.01 and p=".01," respectively>
- Women who binge drank did not have these elevations.
- Women who binge drank 1-12 times annually had higher glucose levels vs women who did not binge drink (102.2 vs 97.1 mg/dL; P=.01).
- US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data on 4710 men and women aged 18-45 years.
- 3 groups: nonbinge drinkers; those who binge drank 1-12 times/year; those who did so >12 times/year.
- Funding: NIH.
- Limitations of cross-sectional study design.
- US-only population.