Youth drinking can increase health risks later in life

January 25, 2008 2:32:50 PM PST
People who drink heavily in their youth may have a higher risk of developing a collection of risk factors for heart disease and stroke, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The study examined the lifetime drinking habits of 2,800 adults and found that those who drank heavily in their teens and young adulthood were more likely to have metabolic syndrome than those who drank more moderately throughout adulthood.

Metabolic syndrome is a grouping of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Experts say, while moderate drinking can be heart healthy, drinking heavily early in life might contribute to metabolic syndrome later on.