Light Drinking May Cut Stroke Risk
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:37 AM

Drinking a little bit of alcohol each day might reduce stroke risk, but heavier drinking appears to be a hazard, a meta-analysis showed.

A dose-response analysis suggested that imbibing up to 20 to 30 grams of alcohol (or about one-and-a-half to two standard drinks) per day was associated with reduced risks of total stroke, ischemic stroke, and fatal stroke. But any potential benefit disappeared and possible harm -- including a greater risk of hemorrhagic stroke -- emerged with consumption exceeding 40 to 45 grams (or about three standard drinks) per day.