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Binge drinking raises stroke risk
Binge drinking more than triples a man’s risk of dying from a stroke.
Researchers studied 6,291 Korean people aged 55 years or older to examine the association between binge drinking and risks of mortality due to all causes of death with a focus on cerebrovascular disease.
It was noted that 59 percent of adults reported drinking alcohol, while 46 percent of men were heavy drinkers, meaning they consumed at least six drinks of soju (an alcoholic beverage made from rice) in one sitting at least once a week. About one in five of the men were binge drinkers, as compared to less than 1 percent of the women.
The researchers found that male binge drinkers who drank daily had a 33 percent higher risk of dying from any cause during the 20-year follow-up compared to men who didn’t drink alcohol. Their risk of having any type of stroke was nearly doubled, while their risk of a hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain, rather than blockage in a blood vessel, was 3 times higher.
For women, the risk of dying from heart disease was greater among binge drinkers, but it was not statistically significance.
The findings suggest that frequent binge drinking predisposes to haemorrhagic stroke. However, further studies are needed to understand the mechanisms how binge drinking causes this.
Study Shows Older People Less Likely to Realize How Alcohol Is Affecting Them Social drinking seems to impair older people more than their younger drinking buddies. Also, older people are less likely to realize how the alcohol is affecting them, according to a new study. The study, published in The Journal of Studies on Alcohol….
Parents are willing to have their children’s doctors screen the adults for alcohol problems and make a recommendation about what to do, a study found. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recognized the child health care visit as a good place to deal with family issues, but there was little information about how parents would….
Scientific evidence has long suggested that moderate drinking offers some protection against heart disease, certain types of stroke and some forms of cancer. But new research shows that stopping drinking — including at moderate levels — may lead to health problems including depression and a reduced capacity of the brain to produce new neurons, a….
A new Stony Brook University initiative to prevent the consequences of binge drinking has sparked nationwide interest from more than 100 colleges, universities and high schools that want to replicate the program on their campuses. “So many people who have been affected by the loss of a loved one or an acquaintance or a friend….
Before her hidden addiction came to light, Joan Bonsignore always seemed to hold it together. As a mother and wife, she headed school events and ran her husband’s medical practice. But at the height of her alcohol and pill addiction, the Eastchester mother of four wrote goodbye letters to her children, and at one point,….
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