Young people who habitually drink alcohol may be more likely to have an early stroke

Young people who habitually drink alcohol may be more likely to have an early stroke

In recent decades, the probability of having a stroke in young people has been increasing

Severe disability or even death due to stroke has been occurring.

A study published recently in Neurology by scientists at Seoul National University School of Medicine in Korea showed that moderate or heavy drinkers between the ages of 20 and 30 were more likely to have a stroke in their youth than those who drank little or no alcohol.

The study suggests that the longer the number of years of drinking, the higher the risk of stroke.

Researchers extracted health reports from a database of people aged 20-30 years with regular medical checkups (1.5 million people in total)

who they followed for an average of 6 years based on their number of days of drinking per week and the amount of alcohol consumed in general each time.

They found that 3,153 people experienced a stroke.

After weighing other factors affecting stroke, the study showed that after two years of drinking, moderate or heavy drinkers (drinking more than 105g per week or 440ml per day) were about 20% more likely to have a stroke than light or non-drinkers.

And for each additional year of alcohol consumption, the former had an additional 19% to 23% increase in the probability of stroke.

This data is mainly based on statistical results of patients with hemorrhagic stroke.

However, when data related to all stroke types are combined, the same conclusion can still be drawn that years of alcohol consumption is positively associated with stroke risk.

This study may provide practical guidance for preventing stroke in young people, such as controlling their alcohol consumption.

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