This chapter discusses the link between alcohol consumption and cardiovascular disease. Over the past twenty years, alcohol has increasingly been viewed as a potential ally in the war against coronary heart disease. Many investigators have reported on the beneficial effects of routine alcohol intake, and non-scientific journals have provided these data to the lay public. Therefore, the positive effects of alcohol are also considered. Alcohol has been linked to some specific detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system. These include alcoholic cardiomyopathy, systemic hypertension, and arrhythmia.
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