According to the American Heart Association, one of the short-term effects of alcohol is that it increases a person’s risk of stroke. According to the report, the risk of having a stroke is twice as high in the hour following the consumption of 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 the United States
Because of the high prevalence of stroke incidence, the National Stroke Association has stated that the majority of these can be avoided through healthy lifestyle changes.
When consumed in moderation, alcohol or any other less-than-healthy food or beverage can be consumed responsibly. In fact, consuming less than two drinks per day may help prevent strokes.
Is moderate alcohol consumption associated with an increased risk of stroke?
The researchers did say, however, that the increased risk of stroke after alcohol consumption can happen to anyone, and even with just one drink. However, heavy alcohol consumption poses a longer-term risk.
Because there are conflicting reports about the effects of alcohol on stroke risk, the National Stroke Association recommends that you consult your doctor before consuming alcoholic beverages on a regular basis. Keep in mind that alcohol is a drug that can interact with other medications you may be taking.
Alcohol Is Harmful to Your Health in a Variety of Ways
Alcohol consumption has been linked to more than 60 diseases by researchers. The mouth, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), esophagus, liver, breast, and colorectal region have all been linked to alcohol use. Cancer risk increases even more in heavy drinkers who also smoke.