Scientific evidence keeps pilling against alcohol: Now it is about stroke


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Even one drink a day increases stroke risk, study finds

Source: BBC

Even light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke, according to a large genetic study in The Lancet, countering previous claims that one or two drinks a day could be protective.

The UK and Chinese researchers followed 500,000 Chinese people for 10 years.

They say the findings are relevant to all populations and the best evidence yet on the direct effects of alcohol.

Experts said people should limit their alcohol consumption.

It is already known that heavy drinking is harmful to health and increases stroke risk – but some studies have suggested drinking small amounts can be good for the health, while others indicate there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

What did the research find?

The researchers, from the University of Oxford, Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, found that:

  • one to two drinks a day increased stroke risk by 10-15%
  • four drinks a day increased the risk of having a stroke by 35%

For the purposes of their study, one drink was defined as either:

  • a small glass of wine
  • a bottle of beer
  • a single measure of spirits

About 16 in 100 men and 20 in 100 women will have a stroke in their lifetime in the UK.

So, if a group of 100 non-drinkers started drinking a glass or two every day, there would be an extra two strokes – a small increase.

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  1. I’m not an advocate for alcohol, but a little with a meal such as is popular in the Mediterranean, has always been considered beneficial to health. Cigarettes, on the other hand, serve no health benefits, in fact it is now known that they are dangerous to users and to others, and should be avoided. Similarly with drugs. And of course, unhealthy eating habits are also bad for the body, and it would be advisable for people to reconsider their diets for better health and to avoid diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, which are both on the increase. There is an old saying ‘We are what we eat’.

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