- A new genetic study has revealed that no matter how moderate one consumes alcohol, it does not prevent strokes
- The study reveals that drinking one or two glasses of alcohol a day increases the chances of having a stroke
- According to the study which was published on Thursday, April, 4, there are no protective effects of moderate alcohol intake against stroke
A new genetic study has countered claims that moderate consumption of alcohol could prevent strokes, adding that drinking one or two glasses of alcohol a day increases the chances of having a stroke.
The study, which was published in the Lancet on Thursday, April 4, links low levels of alcohol consumption with increased blood pressure than can lead to stroke, CNN reports.
Briefly.co.za gathers that the study revealed that one to two drinks a day increases stroke risk by 10% to 15% and that four drinks a day increases the risk of having a stroke by 35%.
According to the study co-author, Zhengming Chen from the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, there are no protective effects of moderate alcohol intake against stroke.
He said: "There are no protective effects of moderate alcohol intake against stroke. Even moderate alcohol consumption increases the chances of having a stroke.
"The findings for heart attack were less clear-cut, so we plan to collect more evidence."
According to researchers from Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the University of Oxford, the impact of alcohol on stroke was discovered by following 500,000 Chinese people for 10 years.
A professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, Tim Chico, said: "This study uses a novel genetic approach to try to determine the effect of alcohol consumption on risk of cardiovascular disease.
"Although it has previously been suggested moderate alcohol intake may reduce risk of stroke or heart disease, this new study adds to recent evidence that finds no protective effect even at low levels of intake.
"Sadly the hope that alcohol somehow protects against cardiovascular disease is probably unfounded."
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