According to a new study, young adults who drink moderately to heavily are more at risk for stroke than those who don’t drink at all. The study, which is one of the first to look at the link between alcohol consumption and stroke risk in young adults, found that those who drank the equivalent of two to three alcoholic drinks per day had a nearly three times higher risk of stroke than those who abstained from drinking.
The study, which was published in the journal Stroke, used data from the Framingham Heart Study, a long-running study that has followed three generations of people in the Massachusetts town of Framingham. The current analysis included data from more than 5,000 participants who were followed for an average of 30 years.
While the study found that heavy drinkers were at the highest risk of stroke, even moderate drinkers had an increased risk. This was particularly true for men, who had a nearly two-fold higher risk of stroke than women who drank the same amount.
The exact mechanisms by which alcohol increases stroke risk are not fully understood, but the study’s authors say that it is likely due to the effects of alcohol on the blood vessels. Alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for stroke.
The findings from this study highlight the importance of moderation when it comes to alcohol consumption. While a glass of wine or beer may seem harmless, the cumulative effect of moderate drinking can put you at a much higher risk for stroke. If you are going to drink, the best advice is to do so in moderation.
According to a new study, moderate to heavy drinking in young adults is linked to a higher risk of stroke.
The study, published in the journal Stroke, followed nearly 20,000 people in Denmark for over a decade.
Those who drank more than eight drinks a week had a 50% increased risk of stroke, compared to those who drank less than one drink a week.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Anders Takeshita, said that the findings highlight the need for public health initiatives to reduce risky drinking among young adults.
“These findings underscore the importance of public health efforts to reduce risky drinking behaviors among young adults,” he said.
While the study’s findings are alarming, it’s important to note that the absolute risk of stroke among young adults is still low.
Still, the findings suggest that even moderate drinking can have serious consequences, and that everyone should be mindful of their alcohol consumption.