Alcohol

Introduction

  • Dept of Health guidelines for safe drinking are 2-3 units a day max for men and women with at least 2 drink free days per week.
  • In a typical week, about 1 in 4 men and 1 in 7 women drink in excess of the safe drinking guidelines. [Scottish Health Survey]
  • Heavy drinking (5 units or more a day) is associated with increased risk of both haemorrhagic and ischaemic stroke.
  • Large quantities of alcohol causes an increase in blood pressure, a major stroke risk factor. This includes a single alcoholic binge (6 units or more of alcohol in one sitting).
  • Conversely, there is some research that reports small amounts of alcohol (e.g. 1 unit of wine per day) may slightly reduce the risk of stroke.