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Binge drinking raises stroke risk dramatically

Binge drinking hugely increases the risk of stroke, independently of other risk factors, say Finnish researchers.

A 10-year prospective cohort study of 15,965 Finnish men and women age 25 to 64 analysed the risks in those displaying a binge-drinking pattern (defined as consuming six or more drinks of the same alcoholic beverage in men or four or more drinks in women in one session).

Patients who indulged in binge drinking had an 85% increase in risk of stroke and a 99% increase in risk of ischaemic stroke specifically.

The risk was independent of other risk factors including average alcohol consumption and smoking status.

Stroke 2008 2 October early online publication

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