Just ONE glass of wine or beer a day can increase your risk of stroke by a FIFTH, research shows

Just ONE glass of wine or beer a day can increase your risk of stroke by a FIFTH, research shows

Just ONE glass of wine or beer a day can increase your risk of stroke by a FIFTH, research shows

Just ONE glass of 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 are considered moderate drinkers
  • The equivalent of almost six pints of beer, eight small glasses of wine or nine glasses
  • 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 warn.

People in their 20s and 30s who drink moderate to heavy amounts alcohol may be more likely to have a stroke than those who drink little or none, according to new research.

A team from Seoul National University analyzed records from Korea’s national database for young adults who had four annual health checkups and were asked about their alcohol consumption.

Those who drank 105 g or more of alcohol per week were considered moderate or heavy drinkers.

That’s the equivalent of almost six pints of medium-strength beer, eight small glasses of wine, or about nine large glasses of spirits – about one drink a day.

Of the 1.5 million participants, a total of 3,153 experienced a stroke during the six-year study period.

Just ONE glass of wine or beer a day can increase your risk of stroke by a FIFTH, research shows

Young adults who drink just one drink a day could increase their risk of stroke by a fifth, experts warn. People in their 20s and 30s who drink moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol are more likely to have a stroke than those who drink little or none, new research suggests (photo)

Low sugar does NOT mean less drinking

Alcoholic drinks labeled as low-sugar are misleading women into thinking they’re healthy, a study shows.

Scientists from the University of Melbourne recruited more than 500 women to test their perception of products that claimed to be low in sugar.

Half were shown pictures of pre-mixed drinks with low sugar or similar claims, 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 health.

Products with low sugar claims were rated as significantly lower in sugar, less harmful to health and more suitable for weight management, although there was no evidence to support these claims.

Despite participants being told that all products had the same alcohol content, those with low-sugar claims were rated as significantly lower in alcohol, according to findings published in the journal Alcohol and alcoholism.

The analysis found that moderate to heavy drinkers for two or more years were about 20 percent more likely to have a stroke than people who drank less or didn’t drink at all.

As the number of years of moderate to heavy drinking increased, so did the risk of stroke.

Those with two years of moderate to heavy drinking had a 19 percent higher risk, those with three years had a 22 percent higher risk, and those with four years had a 23 percent higher risk.

The association was mainly due to an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke – or stroke caused by bleeding in the brain.

These results were after the researchers took into account other factors that could affect stroke risk, such as high blood pressure, smoking and body mass index.

The UK charity Stroke reports that one in five people who have a stroke are now under 55.

Study author Eue-Keun Choi said: ‘The rate of stroke among young adults has been increasing over the past few decades, and stroke in young adults causes death and serious disability.

‘Since more than 90 percent of the total burden of stroke can be attributed to potentially modifiable risk factors, including alcohol consumption, and since stroke in young adults seriously affects both the individual and society by limiting their activities during their most productive years, reducing Alcohol consumption should should be emphasized in young adults with heavy drinking habits as part of any stroke prevention strategy.’

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 hypertension – high blood pressure – which in turn can be a major risk factor for stroke.

Alcohol can also increase the chances of atrial fibrillation, which can cause the heart to beat irregularly and in turn increase the risk of stroke.

The researchers said their study was limited by including only Koreans, meaning the risk may not be extrapolated to other races and ethnicities.

Participants also filled out questionnaires and may have forgotten how much alcohol they drank.

In the UK, it is recommended that adults regularly drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week.

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