Drinking one or two glass a day may increase the chances of having a stroke, according to a new genetic study published Thursday. (April 4, 2019) Contradicting previous claims that moderate drinking could prevent strokes and other diseases and conditions, this new study published in The Lancet links even low levels of alcohol consumption with increased blood pressure that can lead to strokes.
The study comes after research published last year concluded there is no healthy level of drinking. In the new study, researchers found that one to two drinks a day increased stroke risk by 10% to 15% and that four drinks a day increased the risk of having a stroke by 35%. One drink was defined as either a small glass of wine, a bottle of beer or a single measure of spirits.
"There are no protective effects of moderate alcohol intake against stroke. Even moderate alcohol consumption increases the chances of having a stroke," said study co-author Zhengming Chen from the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford in a press release