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There’s nothing quite like coming home after a long day’s work, throwing yourself on the couch and popping open a couple of cold ones. If your day was a little more than stressful, you may feel inclined to pop open a third beer and really let yourself wind down. However, a new study on alcohol’s effects on stroke risk has revealed some new information that may convince you to save that third beverage for another day.

Never More than Two

The study was published in Stroke journal and found a 34% higher chance of a stroke for people in their 50s and 60s who drink more than twice a day compared to infrequent drinkers. The research additionally revealed that these people are at risk of suffering a stroke five years earlier in life, regardless of genetics or lifestyle.

Results were based on the analysis of over 11,000 Swedish twins for almost half of their lives and found that drinking over the two drink maximum on a daily basis will increase a person’s risk of stroke, more than any other health-related risk factor. The participants were tracked for 43 years as a part of the Swedish Twin Registry by answering surveys for numerous years. All of the participants were under 60 when they were registered and almost 30% of them were affected by a stroke.

While the study may seem subjective for Americans, it correlates with pre-existing recommendations. The American Heart Association suggests a limit of two alcoholic beverages per day for men and one for women.

Your Journey Towards Recovery

How many drinks are beneficial for the body and how many are detrimental? While the answer may be highlighted by past and upcoming studies, one thing remains the same: if you or a loved one suffers a stroke, IGEA Brain & Spine is here to help.

Our neurosurgeons in New Jersey and New York are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to help you take the first step towards recovery. Let us evaluate your condition with highly-advanced precision to determine what kind of procedure you need. Whether it’s our IV tPA or balloon angioplasty and stent, know that you’re in good hands. Avoid dealing with your stroke without proper medical assistance by contacting us today.