Atrial fibrillation in healthy non-alcoholic people after an alcoholic binge

Lancet. 1984 Nov 3;2(8410):1013-5. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(84)91109-7.


After alcoholic binges, atrial fibrillation developed in four people who usually drank little or no alcohol. All spontaneously reverted to sinus rhythm within a day. Investigations revealed no evidence of underlying disease or cardiac abnormalities. They were advised to avoid excessive alcohol intake, and an average of two years later none has had a further attack of atrial fibrillation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / complications*
  • Atrial Fibrillation / chemically induced*
  • Atrial Fibrillation / physiopathology
  • Electrocardiography
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stress, Psychological / complications