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Stroke risk found to double after drinking alcohol

Stroke risk found to double after drinking alcohol
16th July 2010

The risk of having a stroke is doubled in the hour after alcohol is consumed, according to a new scientific study.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Medicine found that there is a definite impact on the risk of ischemic stroke when drinking alcohol, regardless of what type of drink is consumed, according to an article in the American Heart Association Journal.

More than 390 stroke patients were interviewed by the research team, with 14 having consumed alcohol in the hour prior to the stroke.

The study found that after the drink, the stroke risk is increased by 2.3 times in the first hour and 1.6 times in the second hour.

However, study leader Dr Murray Mittleman said that more work needed to be done to establish how these findings fit with overall stroke prevention advice.

"It is possible that the transiently increased stroke risk from moderate alcohol consumption may be outweighed by the longer term health benefits," he explained.

Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke, according to the Stroke Association.

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