Another medical research study has found that moderate alcohol consumption can reduce strokes. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the report found moderate consumption to protect against ischemic strokes, which occur when blood supply to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. Eighty-five percent of the 730,000 strokes suffered in the United States each year are ischemic.

The study found that consuming one or two drinks a day can reduce the risk of stroke by about half. It also found the protective effects of alcohol to occur among white, African-American, and Hispanic populations and among both men and women.

The investigators conclude that their findings support the National Stroke Association Stroke Prevention Guidelines regarding the beneficial effects of moderate alcohol consumption.


  • Sacco, R. L., Elkind, M., Boden-Albala, B., Lin, I-F., Kargman, D. E., Hauser. W. A., Shea, S., & Paik, M. C. The Protective Effect of Moderate Alcohol Consumption on Ischemic Stroke, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999, 281, 53-60.

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