Researchers in Germany have found that getting drunk is associated with abnormal heart rhythms.
Their study was conducted in a place teeming with potential research subjects.
“Basically we were sitting over a beer or two, ironically, and talking about how to design a study about relevance of alcohol consumption on heart rate,” remembers Dr. Moritz Sinner, an assistant professor of medicine at University Hospital Munich. “This was summer , and Oktoberfest happens in the fall.”
Sinner and his colleagues realized they could do their study at Munich’s Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival that attracts huge crowds of people who are enthusiastic about drinking.
So, they got all the necessary approvals and showed up at the festival with breathalyzer tests, electrocardiograms and a question: How did drinking alcohol affect people’s heart rhythms?