People who take three or more alcoholic drinks per day may be at higher risk of experiencing a stroke earlier in life than those who do not drink heavily.
A new study supported by the University of Lille Nord de France found that heavy drinkers experienced a stroke at an average age of 60, fourteen years before their non-heavy drinking counterparts.
“Heavy drinking has been consistently identified as a risk factor for this type of stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain rather than a blood clot,” said study author Charlotte Cordonnier.
“Our study focuses on the effects of heavy alcohol use on the timeline of stroke and the long-term outcome for those people,” Cordonnier said in a statement.
For the study, 540 people with an average age of 71 whom had a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage were interviewed about their drinking habits.
Doctors also interviewed the participants or the caregivers or relatives about the participants` drinking habits.