Gangnam Style: Alcohol and the Cardiovascular System (Comparing US and South Korea)
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AbstractThe relationship between alcohol and the cardiovascular system (CVS) can have serious effects on the whole system. Excessive consumption causes damage while moderate consumption (1 drink/day for women; 2 drinks/day for men) can be protective. Moderate alcohol intake has been proven to show health benefits by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and preventing clot formation which reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. However, excessive alcohol intake can lead to development of chronic diseases. By comparing alcohol consumption between the US and South Korea, it was discovered that factors such as location, culture, as well as, occupation, play a role in both the type and amount of alcohol consumed. In both nations, alcohol consumption has been increasing each year. A study showed that 16,749 deaths were due to alcoholic liver disease in 2011 in the United States. In Korea, the percentage of cases of chronic liver diseases as incidences of acute pancreatitis have increased. Lastly, although many studies show the affect of alcohol on arteries and arterioles, not much work has been done on capillaries and veins.
Degree ProgramHonors College