Spilling off some drinks tonight? Think again.

A research by Mariann Piano, senior associate dean of research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, has found that young adults who frequently binge drink are more likely to have particular cardiovascular risk factors such as higher blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar at a younger age than non-binge drinkers.

As published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that binge drinking by young men was greatly associated with higher systolic blood and that frequent binge drinking had additional effects on cholesterol, and these both factors contribute cardiovascular disease. Female binge drinkers had higher blood glucose levels than abstainers.

In reporting her findings, Piano, PhD, FAAN, the Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor at Vanderbilt, said that young adults need to be aware that repeated binge drinking may have consequences beyond the immediate. ?The risk extends beyond poor school performance and increased risk for accidental injury,? she said. Current evidence suggests that development of high blood pressure before age 45 is associated with significantly higher risks of cardiovascular death later in life.

Study also found differences in how binge drinking affected young men and women.

Young men who reported that they repeatedly binge drink had higher systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol while young women who repeatedly binge drink had higher blood sugar levels compared to non-binge drinkers.

Piano and her co-authors examined high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and other cardiovascular risks in 4,710 adults aging 18-45 who responded to the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were classified as non-drinkers, binge drinkers 12 times or less a year, and high-frequency binge drinkers (more than 12 times a year).

High-frequency binge drinking was reported by 25.1 % of men and 11.8 % of women. Binge drinking 12 times a year or less was reported by 29.0 % of men and 25.1 % of women.

Binge drinking rates are at an all-time high, Piano furtherly added.

The study?s co-authors are Larisa Burke, MPH; Minkyung Kang, PhD; and Shane A. Phillips, PhD, MPT.


Erudite Nursing Institute? urges nurse educators to relay substantial information to the youth regarding this alarming research that may affect them on later life. The institute believes that certain studies like this infuses a preventive measure for young teens to abstain from binge drinking as earlier as possible.




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