Binge drinking increases your heart attack & stroke risks for a week

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BOSTON, MA-- Ahhh... St. Paddy's Day is finally upon us. Time to start drinking heavily. But before you do, beware!

Info from Harvard says any drinking can up your heart attack and stroke risk for 24 hours. And binge drinking, forget about it! Downing six or more a day ain't good for you any day of the week. But the Harvard study says it can actually increase heart attack and stroke risks for the entire next week.

"If you're in your 20s, I think it's okay to drink a little bit more than if you're in your 40s or 50s," says Jon Heimlich, a Houstonian who enjoys a good beer buzz. Unfortunately, science doesn't back that up.

"I feel to each his own," says regular drinker Greg Gosler. "If you feel like you can handle two pints of beer a day, drink two pints of beer. If you only want one, drink one."

Good news for you casual drinkers, though-- downing two to four drinks will only increase your cardiovascular risk for about 24 hours. After that, you're actually 30% less likely to have a heart attack than the guy who drank nothing. That's according to research journal Circulation.

That's right! Two drinks are better than none when it comes to your heart -- that is, if you make it through the next day.

Unfortunately, the heart benefits of booze are lower for women than men. Sorry ladies. So stick to your one drink a day if you want yer ticker to keep tickin'. Guys, your recommended intake is still two a day.

"I would definitely say that I likely drink more than the recommended amount per week," says Jonathan Burlette, a college student who has partaken in an occasional binge, "and I don't see that changing any time soon."

Alrighty then!! Go out and get your drink on, but keep that drinking in check, or you just might find yourself checking in to the emergency room.