A study found that moderate to heavy drinking was linked to stroke in young adults

A study found that moderate to heavy drinking was linked to stroke in young adults

A study found that moderate to heavy drinking was linked to stroke in young adults

You will not raise a glass to this news.

It is a known fact that alcohol is not very good for us. Although it discussed the benefits (how red wine is good for heart health), the negatives tend to outweigh the positives. Alcohol can lead to certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, digestive problems, weakened immune system, etc. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New research now published in the journal Neurology It found more reason for moderate and heavy drinkers to scrutinize their consumption, especially for young people who fall into this category.

The study used data from Korea’s National Health Database to follow nearly 1.5 million people aged 20 to 30 for six years. The data showed that people who fell into the category of moderate to heavy drinkers during the two years of the study were 19% more likely to have a stroke than those who did not drink or were considered light drinkers. After three years of moderate to heavy drinking, that risk increased to 22%. After four years, the risk of stroke increased to 23%. In particular, young people who drank alcohol frequently had a higher risk of hemorrhagic stroke, which is the result of bleeding in the brain.

This study defined moderate and heavy drinking as consuming 105 grams or more of alcohol in a week; has a standard drink in the US about 14 grams of alcohol. So, for the sake of this study, moderate and heavy drinkers are drinking a little more than one drink per day (which really doesn’t seem like a lot by society’s standards).

In general, strokes are much more common in older people, however stroke risk is growing among young people. In this study, 3,153 of the 1.5 million young people had a stroke.

To find out this information, participants reported how much they drank using questionnaires. This method leaves room for error. participants could have misreported if they did not remember how much they drank. In addition, this study only included Koreans, so it is unclear whether these results are the same in other populations.

What does this mean for me?

It is difficult to reduce (or give up) alcohol consumption because it is so widespread in our society; you can regularly schedule happy hour plans, unwind with a glass of wine with dinner, and probably feel pretty rude not to offer your houseguests a drink. when they arrive. But it can be done, and any caring friend or family member should understand.

It might be the easiest start by reducing your consumption instead of constantly stopping. you can try replacing one drink per happy hour with a glass of water or mocktail, or you can try limiting the number of drinking days per week. You can also try engaging in enjoyable exercise, which will help you manage stress, boost your mental health, and also be a way to fill your time (and you may find that you have more time on your hands once you’ve given up alcohol. — You’re less (likely meeting a friend at a bar or going to an event where you know alcohol is the main focus).

Harvard Health also recommends it making a list of reasons why you want to quit drinking to help motivate you. This can include health reasons such as reducing your risk of stroke or improving your relationship with loved ones.

This will be difficult; Alcohol is highly addictive, and you shouldn’t worry if you find that you don’t feel your best when you cut back on your drinking. Dr. Bruce Basseya board-certified addiction psychiatrist; previously told HuffPost that you may experience some withdrawal symptoms when quitting alcohol.

“There are many ‘post-acute’ effects of alcohol withdrawal that last up to a year,” Bassey said. “Some of the acute symptoms are unpleasant and perpetuate alcohol use, making it difficult to stop. Post-acute symptoms include difficulty concentrating, irritability, fatigue, low motivation, anxiety and mood swings.”

If you are struggling to quit smoking, you should contact a professional. For people living with addiction, alcohol withdrawal is a serious problem that can lead to serious health problems such as seizures and even death. In this case, you’ll want to leave the alcohol under the supervision of an expert.

In addition to reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption, there are other ways you can reduce your risk of stroke.

The National Institute on Aging recommends eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and controlling risk factors such as cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

A recent study also found that getting your flu shot can also reduce the risk of stroke, which is especially timely because flu cases are on the rise throughout the country.

It is also important to know the signs of a stroke, which: according to the American Stroke Associationinclude facial drooping, slurred speech, and numbness or weakness on one side of your body.

Need help with a substance use disorder or mental health problem? In the US, call 800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA National Helpline.





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