Regular “moderate” alcohol consumption is associated with a lower risk for heart disease and strokes (1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men). But heavy alcohol intake can increase the risk of strokes. Excessive chronic alcohol intake has previously been shown to increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart failure. A study published in the journal Stroke (October 2008) found that binge drinking (common among young people) can also significantly increase the risk of stroke.
Over 15,000 men and women between the ages of 25 and 64 were followed for a ten year period. Binge drinking was defined as 6 or more alcoholic beverages in one session for men or 4 or more drinks for women. Binge drinking was reported to be an independent risk factor for strokes.
Younger people need to understand the potential dangers of binge drinking. Remember moderation is key!