Drinking and Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) encompasses several distinct conditions involving the heart and blood vessels. Some of the known risk factors for CVD include health-related behaviors, existing health conditions or family history, and genetic traits. This IARD Health Review focuses on the role of alcohol consumption as a risk factor for CVD.

IARD Health Reviews offer an overview of scientific literature on the relationship between alcohol consumption and health outcomes and provide the reader with a bibliography that refers to original peer-reviewed research on each topic. The Reviews attempt to present the balance of the available evidence. They do not necessarily reflect the views of IARD or its sponsoring companies.

Last reviewed: July 2018