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Drinking Moderately or Higher Increases Risk of Stroke in 20s and 30s

Written by Tim Rigby

Alcohol consumption has a few sparse benefits, but moreso causes a host of health problems – especially the younger you are.  A new report out of Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea discovered a significant increase in the risk of stroke among subjects in their 20s and 30s who drank alcohol “moderately” or “heavily”, compared to those of the same cohort who drank low amounts or not at all.  The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Giving the study a great deal of validity is the fact it involved the participation of over 1.5 million subjects, who were monitored over a lengthy six-year period.  The researchers suggested that the impact of hospitalizations on society could be mitigated by encouraging young adults to drink less, or not at all.  A total incidence of strokes numbered 3,153 during the course of the study, and the specific rate of stroke risk involved was 20 percent higher among those who drank moderately or heavily.

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