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How can drinking during the holidays be harmful?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The chemicals in alcohol can be toxic and irritating to heart muscle. And drinking alcohol in excess during the holidays can trigger atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.

Enjoy low-fat eggnog without the rum, opt for mulled cider instead of mulled wine, stick to one glass of wine with dinner, enjoy sparkling water and conversation instead of champagne.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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