Stroke Risk Rises With Years of Drinking in Young Adults
Young adults who are moderate to heavy drinkers are at increased risk of suffering a stroke — and the risk goes up with more years of imbibing, a new study suggests. The rate of stroke among young adults has been increasing over the last few decades, and stroke in young adults causes death and serious disability
@navin Using data from a Korean national health database, the researchers identified roughly 1.5 million adults aged 20-39 years (mean age 29.5 years, 72% male) who had four consecutive annual health examinations during which they were asked about their alcohol use.
During a median follow up of roughly 6 years, a total of 3153 individuals suffered a stroke (1773 ischemic and 1535 hemorrhagic).
After multivariate adjustment accounting for other factors that could affect the risk for stroke, such as hypertension, smoking and body mass index, the risk of stroke increased steadily with the number of years of moderate to heavy drinking, defined as 105 grams or more of alcohol per week