Alcohol can cause ‘fatal’ problems for the heart

“If not treated, arrhythmias can damage the heart, brain, or other organs. This can lead to life-threatening stroke, heart failure, or cardiac arrest.”

How to lower your risk

The government advises drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, on a regular basis.

14 units is the equivalent to around six medium (175ml) glasses of wine, or six pints of four percent beer.

“It is important to spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week,” Dr Guttmann advised.

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