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How much does heavy drinking increase the risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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A recent study found a strong link between drinking one to three drinks a day (what doctors consider moderate) and getting atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Heavy drinking, or more than three drinks a day, bumps up your risk even more -- and it seems to keep going up the more you have. Studies suggest that for every extra daily drink, your risk goes up by 8%.

From: Does Alcohol Cause AFib? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

Larsson, S. , July 2014. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

European Heart Rhythm Association/AFib Matters: "Living With Atrial Fibrillation."

StopAFib.org: "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?"

NHS Choices: "Alcohol Unit Calculator."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 9, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Atrial Fibrillation?"

Larsson, S. , July 2014. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

European Heart Rhythm Association/AFib Matters: "Living With Atrial Fibrillation."

StopAFib.org: "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?"

NHS Choices: "Alcohol Unit Calculator."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 9, 2018

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