Alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for stroke, but a new study has found that certain drinking patterns may be more likely to lead to an acute stroke than others.
The study, published in the journal Stroke, looked at data from the National Inpatient Sample, which includes information on hospitalizations from more than 2,000 hospitals across the United States. The researchers used the data to identify risk factors for acute ischemic stroke (AIS), which is the most common type of stroke and is caused by a blockage in the blood vessels supplying the brain.
They found that people who drank heavily on a single occasion were at a higher risk of AIS than those who drank more moderately on a regular basis. They also found that binge drinkers (those who consumed five or more drinks in a two-hour period) were at a higher risk of AIS than non-binge drinkers.
The study authors say that the findings highlight the need for public education about the risks of excessive alcohol consumption. They also say that alcohol-related AIS is a preventable condition, and that interventions to reduce excessive drinking could help to reduce the incidence of stroke.
A new study has identified a number of risk factors for acute stroke associated with alcohol consumption.
The research, which is published in the journal Stroke, found that alcohol consumption was associated with an increased risk of both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
The study’s authors used data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample to examine the association between alcohol consumption and stroke risk. They found that alcohol consumption was associated with a 1.5-fold increased risk of ischemic stroke and a 2.5-fold increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
The authors note that the mechanisms by which alcohol increases the risk of stroke are not fully understood. However, they suggest that the increased risk may be due to the effects of alcohol on the cardiovascular system, including the increased risk of hypertension and irregular heart rhythms.
The study’s authors say that the findings highlight the need for public education about the risks of alcohol consumption, particularly for those with existing cardiovascular risk factors.