As a followup to my last post on alcohol, I checked into Dr. Fuhrman's statement that even moderate amounts of alcohol may increase the risk of Atrial Fibrillation. Here a study published in the December 3rd, 2008 Journal of the American Medical Association that links alcohol consumption and AF in women. The study concludes:
Among healthy middle-aged women, consumption of up to 2 alcoholic beverages per day was not associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation. Heavier consumption of 2 or more drinks per day, however, was associated with a small but statistically significant increased risk of atrial fibrillation.
This study reported in Denmark in 2004, concludes that men in the higher alcohol consumption groups have a higher risk of developing AF, but women did not.
Maybe the bottom line is that Atrial Fibrillation is associated with alcohol consumption only at the higher intake levels (over two drinks per day). Very occasional alcohol consumption is probably okay, but to me....why risk it, especially if it plays games with your appetite and moods?