Moderate Drinking Reduces Risk of Ischemic Stroke
Consuming alcoholic beverages (wine, distilled spirits and beer) within the recommended limits in the U.S. for men (two standard drinks per day) or within twice the recommended limit for women (a total of two drink per day) is associated with a reduced risk of ischemic stroke. However, consuming over that quantity per day increases the risk of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
These are the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis of 26 research studies (cohort or case-control).
Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. It accounts for 87 percent of all stroke cases. Fatty deposits lining the inside of the vessel walls can come loose and block the blood supply. Moderate drinking reduces the buildup of those fatty deposits.
Note: This website makes no recommendations or suggestions regarding drinking alcohol and ischemic stroke or any other health matter and none should be inferred.
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