Heavy-drinking in middle-age has a greater influence on stroke than traditional risk factors

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In a study consistent with the American Heart Association’s recommended limits for alcohol consumption, researchers conclude that drinking more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age may risk your stroke risk more than traditional factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

The researchers followed 11,644 middle-age Swedish twins for 43 years, comparing the effects of heavy drinking (more than two drinks daily) with light drinking (less than half a drink daily). Previous studies have shown that alcohol consumption affects stroke risk; however, this study demonstrated how age influences that risk.

Mid-life heavy drinkers (ages 50s to 60s) were likely to have a stroke 5 years earlier in life irrespective of genetic and early life factors, and their increased stroke risk compared to well-known risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

At approximately age 75 years, blood pressure and diabetes appeared to become the main influences on having a stroke.

Alcohol poisoning has become one of the leading preventable causes of death
Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age may risk your stroke risk.
Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age may raise your stroke risk more than traditional factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
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