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Alcohol protects non-smokers against stroke

14th April 2010

According to a study by researchers at Cambridge University, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can help to decrease stroke risk but only if you are a non-smoker.


The study looked at 22,254 people in the UK over a 12-year period and recorded almost 900 strokes. They discovered that people who did not smoke and drank sensibly had nearly a 40% decreased risk of stroke than people who did not drink.

The researchers said people who drank within the recommended safe limits (between one and two small glasses of wine for women per day and more for men) decreased their danger of having a stroke by 37%.

However if the person smoked and drank, or smoked but did not drink, they did not benefit from the reduction in risk.

"Our findings could have public health implications in that we appear to have a clearer understand of the dangers of combing smoking and moderate drinking on overall stroke risk", explained lead researcher Yangmei Li.

"The links between smoking and stroke are clear - 10% of stroke deaths and a quarter of all strokes are linked to smoking. So giving up smoking is a vital step in reducing your risk of stroke", said Joe Korner of The Stroke Association.


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