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26 year old male, drink about a 6 pack a night. active, 6'1 200 pounds, non smoker. can the beer i drink cause heart palpable and racing h.r.? no insu

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Alcohol toxic 2heart: In low doses alcohol, and particularly red wine, offer some health benefits. But more than 1-2 drinks every day does damage not only to the liver, but also the heart and brain. Long term excessive alcohol causes heart failure, and short term binges can cause a racing heart (tachyarrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation or flutter). For good health, keep your drinking down to one drink a day.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Possible : Directly and indirectly. I agree directly as per my colleague dr rutledge. But also indirectly from being dehydrated causing the heart to compensate for loss in volume and become irritable. I would recommend a reduction in alcohol consumption and consider keeping an eye out for a health fair or find a freeclinic to get a health assessment and assess risks. If issues persists or worsens, b seen.

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