Heavy Drinking During Midlife Can Increase Stroke Risk More Than Diabetes Risk

A new study done at the Clinical Research Center of St. Anne’s University Hospital in the Czech Republish has confirmed that having more than two drinks containing alcohol each day can increase the risk of stroke by more than 33 percent. The study was published to the journal Stroke.


Diabetes has been proven to be a major risk factor for strokes. Other factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and also heavy alcohol use. The current study is the first one to look at how the risk factor level varies with age in patients that drink heavily.


To make these conclusions, the team looked at data from the Swedish Twin Registry. They reviewed more than 11,000 pairs of same-sex twins. The study continued for around forty three years with continuous information gathering regarding health data. Roughly one-third of the study participants experienced a stroke. It was determined that of these individuals, those that were heavy drinkers were 34 percent more likely to have experienced a stroke than those individuals that were considered to be light drinkers. For people in their 50s and 60s, these individuals were also more likely to have a stroke sooner than people that were considered to be light drinkers.


When comparing the study’s findings to the stroke risk associated with diabetes, the researchers discovered that for individuals in middle age, drinking affected the stroke risk more. However, for individuals over the age of 75, diabetes was a bigger risk factor for diabetes than heavy drinking.

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