Stroke adepts bring to notice that sensible drinking could reduce their risk of suffering a stroke, in advance of the traditional season of excess. In a new leaflet, the Stroke Association says small amounts of alcohol can protect against ischaemic strokes - caused by blood clots blocking arteries - which account for 8 out of 10 cases of the brain attack.
Alcohol thins the blood, so can prevents the formation of clots. It may also affect the way cholesterol is carried in the bloodstream, reducing the risk of the build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessel walls. But larger amounts, especially if drunk in one go, increases blood pressure, the main risk factor for stroke.
AdvertisementDr.Redahan led researchers said:"To help reduce your risk of stroke - watch your alcohol intake - that is no more than 2/3 units a day for women and 3/4 units a day for men. Don't drink every day and try to have at least a couple of alcohol-free days a week."