Alcohol's surprising heart effects

Too much alcohol causes high blood pressure, research shows. More than three beers at once may boost blood pressure, however the process is still being researched.

Cardiomyopathy is a cardiac (muscle) disorder that causes blood pumping harder. Long-term alcohol abuse may produce this.

Binge drinking may cause atrial fibrillation, the most frequent abnormal heartbeat.

Too much alcohol may elevate triglyceride levels, according to the American Heart Association.

One bright spot! Research links red wine to heart health. Circulation revealed that red wine may reduce heart disease mortality.

Drinking eventually weakens and thins the heart muscle, reducing its blood-pumping power.