One of the short-term effects of alcohol is that it increases a person’s risk for stroke, per a report by the American Heart Association. The report notes stroke risk is twice as high in the hour just after consuming beer, wine or liquor.
“The impact of alcohol on your risk of ischemic stroke appears to depend on how much and how often you drink,” said Dr. Murray Mittleman in the announcement.
Strokes Are the Third-Leading Cause of Death in America
The high prevalence of stroke incidence has the National Stroke Association pointing out that the majority of these can be prevented with healthy lifestyle adjustments.
Alcohol, or any less than healthy food or beverage option, can be responsibly taken when in moderation. In fact, light consumption of less than two drinks a day may actually help prevent strokes.
Is Stroke Risk a Factor with Moderate Alcohol Intake?
Researchers although did say that the elevated risk of stroke after alcohol consumption can happen to anyone, and even with one drink. However, the longer-term danger lies in heavy alcohol consumption.
Because conflicting reports exist about alcohol use and its effects on stroke risk, the National Stroke Association suggests that you talk to your doctor before consuming alcoholic drinks on a regularly basis. Remember that alcohol is a drug and can interact with other drugs you may be taking.
Alcohol Has Multiple Health Detriments
Researchers have linked alcohol consumption to more than 60 diseases. Cancer sites linked to alcohol use include the mouth, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), esophagus, liver, breast, and colorectal region. Cancer risk rises even higher in heavy drinkers who also use tobacco.