Some of you may recall that I adopted lifestyle changes and I was AF free for nearly two years. One change was totally giving up alcohol. However, last week I went on holiday to Gran Canaria and had super weather with hot blue sunny days every day. I decided that I would treat myself to a glass of wine with my evening meal and enjoyed it very much (a nice Rioja). I had no ill effects so I had a couple of beers during the next day and some more wine in the evening.
During the following night I awoke at 3am with that old familiar feeling of erratic thumping in my chest and it seemed as bad as or worse than I remember it. I took some extra flecainide and bisoprolol and tried unsuccessfully to get back to sleep. Luckily the AF stopped by 7am but I felt lousy all that day. There is no doubt in my mind that the AF was triggered by the alcohol.
I might have a glass of wine on the odd special occasion in the future (but only one glass). Otherwise I will continue to abstain from alcohol. It is really not worth trying to second guess how much is too much – better none at all than continue to suffer the risk of future AF episodes.