Binge Drinking and High Blood Pressure
According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, young adults who binge drink are more likely to have high blood pressure and other negative health effects than non-drinkers.
Data from participants in the Nicotine Dependence in Teens Study was collected and analyzed by researchers from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center. This study followed 1,294 young adults in Canada since 1999. Researchers specifically looked at 756 participants around the age of 20. They found that binge drinkers of this age group had two to four millimeters of mercury higher in their systems than non-binge drinkers. When tested again at age 24, they also found this group met the criteria for pre-hypertension. This is not surprising, as it is common to maintain binge drinking behaviors at a young age. When this behavior is done regularly, the condition can progress to hypertension and eventually heart disease.
The researchers plan to test this group again at age 30 to see if the trend continues.