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Heavy drinking in middle age increases stroke risk, study of twins shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h528 (Published 30 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h528
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks each day in middle age is associated with a greater increase in stroke risk than traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, warns a study published in the latest edition of Stroke that followed up twins for more than 40 years.1

Researchers followed up all 11 644 same sex twins listed in the Swedish Twin Registry who were born from 1886 to …

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