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Moderate alcohol intake is linked to lower risk of ischaemic stroke, study finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6339 (Published 24 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6339
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Light to moderate alcohol consumption of one to two drinks a day is associated with a lower risk of ischaemic stroke but does not affect haemorrhagic stroke risk, says a systematic review and meta-analysis which also confirms that heavy drinking increases the risk of all types of stroke.1

Observational studies have consistently reported lower risk of ischaemic heart disease with moderate alcohol intake, but the …

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