How much alcohol increases the risk of stroke?
There have been many controversial claims about the effects of daily consumption of low levels of alcohol over the last few years. Researchers have now found that even mild to moderate regulars increase blood pressure and likelihood of stroke.
The recent joint study of the internationally acclaimed Oxford University, Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences revealed that even small amounts of alcohol consumed daily increase blood pressure and increase the risk of stroke. The results of the research were published in the journal The Lancet in English.
It is necessary to limit the consumption of alcohol
Researchers from the UK and China followed 500,000 Chinese participants ten years. Findings are relevant to all parts of the population and provide good evidence of direct alcohol action, and people must be sure to limit the use of alcohol. It is already known that heavy drinking is harmful to health and increases the risk of stroke. However, some studies suggest that drinking small amounts of alcohol may be beneficial to health, while other studies have concluded that there is no safe use of alcohol. Findings found in the current study contradict previous studies that claimed that one or two alcoholic beverages per day could have a protective effect on our health.
One alcoholic drink a day significantly increases the risk of stroke
A new study has shown that one to two alcoholic beverages a day increase the risk of stroke by 10 to 15 percent. Drinking four alcoholic beverages a day increases the risk of stroke by 35 percent. The question remains, what is defined as a drink in the study? During the investigation there was a drink or a glass of wine or beer bottle. In Britain, about 16 out of 100 males and 20 out of 100 women experience stroke during their lives, researchers reported. So if a group of 100 non-alcoholics starts drinking one or two alcoholic drinks a day, this would result in two additional blows. If people consume half a bottle of wine a day, it increases the risk of stroke by as much as 38 percent.
There was no evidence of protective effect
The study found no evidence that light or moderate drinking has a protective effect and thus reduces the risk of stroke. Researchers, however, said the effects of alcohol at risk of heart attack are not entirely clear. Over the next few years more data on this subject needs to be collected. The new investigation does not confirm the allegations that wine and beer have a protective effect. The key message of the study is that there is now clear evidence of a lack of protection against stroke from consuming moderate amounts of alcohol. This also means that even small amounts of alcohol consumed daily increase the likelihood of stroke. (As)