JUST ONE wine or beer a day can increase your risk of stroke by a FIFTH, research shows
- People who drank 105 g of alcohol per week were considered moderate drinkers
- Equivalent to nearly six pints of beer, eight small glasses of wine or nine shots
- A team from Seoul National University analyzed records from a national database
Young adults who drink just one drink a day could increase their risk of stroke by a fifth, experts have warned.
According to new research, people in their 20s and 30s who drink moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol may be more likely to experience a stroke than those who drink little or none at all.
A team from Seoul National University analyzed records from a Korean national database for young adults who had four annual health checkups and were asked about their alcohol consumption.
Those who drank 105g or more of alcohol per week were considered moderate or heavy drinkers.
This equates to nearly six pints of medium-strength beer, eight small glasses of wine, or about nine large glasses of spirits, or about one glass a day.
Of the 1.5 million participants, a total of 3,153 had a stroke during the six-year study period.
Young adults who drink just one drink a day could increase their risk of stroke by a fifth, experts have warned. According to new research, people in their 20s and 30s who drink moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol may be more likely to suffer a stroke than those who drink little or none at all (stock image)
Low sugar does NOT mean less alcohol
According to a study, alcoholic beverages labeled as low in sugar mislead women into thinking they are healthy.
Scientists at the University of Melbourne recruited over 500 women to test their perception of products claiming to be low in sugar.
Half saw images of premixed drinks with a low sugar or similar claim and the other half looked at identical “regular” products.
They were then asked to rate the drinks from 1 to 7 on a series of questions about their overall healthiness.
Low-sugar products have been rated as significantly lower in sugar, less harmful to health, and more suitable for weight management, although there is no evidence to support these claims.
Although participants were told that all products had equivalent alcohol content, those with low-sugar claims were rated as significantly lower in alcohol, according to results published in the journal Alcohol & Alcoholism.
The analysis found that those who drank moderately to heavily for two or more years were about 20% more likely to have a stroke than people who drank less or nothing at all.
As the number of years of moderate to heavy drinking increased, the risk of stroke also increased.
People with two years of moderate to heavy drinking had a 19% increased risk, people with three years had a 22% increased risk, and people with four years had a 23% increased risk.
The association was mainly due to an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke – or stroke caused by bleeding in the brain.
These results were obtained after the researchers took into account other factors that may affect the risk of stroke, such as high blood pressure, smoking and body mass index.
UK charity Stroke reports that one in five stroke victims are now under 55.
Study author Eue-Keun Choi said, “The rate of stroke in young adults has increased over the past decades, and strokes in young adults lead to death and severe disability.
“Given that more than 90% of the overall burden of stroke can be attributed to potentially modifiable risk factors, including alcohol consumption, and that stroke in young adults has serious implications for both the individual and on society by limiting their activities during their most productive years, reducing alcohol consumption should be emphasized in young adults with heavy drinking habits as part of any stroke prevention strategy cerebral.
Writing in the journal Neurology, the researchers said there are several possible mechanisms that could explain the link between alcohol and stroke.
Drinking a lot of alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, which in turn can be a major risk factor for stroke.
Alcohol can also increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, which can lead to an irregular heart rate and, in turn, increase the risk of stroke.
The researchers said their study was limited by only including Koreans, meaning the risk may not transfer to other races and ethnicities.
Participants also completed questionnaires and may have forgotten how much alcohol they drank.
In the UK, adults are recommended not to regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week.