Alcohol more often than twice a week increases stroke risk

Alcohol more often than twice a week increases stroke risk

Yet another study about alcohol and heart disease.

This one shows that men who consume alcohol more often than twice a week triple their risk of suffering a lethal stroke compared with men who are teetotal.

What did the study uncover?

  • Drinking alcohol more than twice a week increases the risk of stroke leading to death in men
  • Even in small amounts, the risk of stroke mortality still increased
  • The link between alcohol consumption and ischemic stroke, can be depicted with a J-shaped curve
  • The bottom line?  The risk of stroke is smallest among men whose alcohol consumption is moderate or zero but the risk increases rapidly as the consumption grows
  • The risk of brain haemorrhage, however, shows a clear linear correlation with the amount of alcohol consumed

Study on 2,609 men over 20 years by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland, as published in the journal Acta Neurologica Scandinavica on 8 March, 2014.  Their alcohol consumption was recorded using a Nordic alcohol survey charting the amount of alcohol consumed at one time and the average number of times alcohol had been consumed in the preceding 12 months.  Information on stroke cases was obtained from hospital discharge registers, the Finnish Stroke Register and the National Cause of Death Register maintained by Statistics Finland.  As reported by helsinkitimes.fi/lifestyle on April 13, 2014.

 

 


 

Posted: Friday 18 April 2014