Researches cannot get their stories strait. One month something is good for us, the next month it will kills us. We read 'studies' over and over and wonder how they come up with these strange results. How is anyone suppose to trust any research these days? We're told now that an hour after drinking even a small amount of alcohol, the risk of
stroke increases. Last month research told us that having a drink or glass of wine each evening would improve out health and decrease our risk or stroke and heart attack. Only 390 patients were involved in this study.
But even though your risk may rise over that short time, the researchers noted that moderate drinking over the long-term might actually reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Make up your mind!
"The risk of ischemic stroke may be transiently elevated in the two hours after drinking as little as one serving of beer, wine, or liquor," said lead researcher Elizabeth Mostofsky, a member of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
However, conclusive evidence about the association between alcohol consumption and the acute risk of stroke would require a long-term clinical trial, she added.
"Nonetheless, these results suggest that there is an acute elevated risk of ischemic stroke that may be offset by the potential beneficial effects of long-term moderate alcohol consumption," Mostofsky said. But the findings may not apply to patients with severe stroke, she added.
Does this make sense to anyone or is it just gobbledygook? Or perhaps the researchers is just searching for some big government grant with which to conduct this long-term clinical trial? You can read it all at USA Today, but here's another excerpt:
For the study, published in the July 15 online edition of Stroke, Mostofsky's group interviewed 390 patients about three days after their stroke. Patients who could not speak or were too ill were excluded from the study.
In all, 14 patients had been drinking in the hour before their stroke, the researchers found.
"We found that compared with times when alcohol was not consumed, the relative risk of stroke after alcohol consumption was 2.3 times higher in the hour after drinking beer, wine or liquor," Mostofsky said.
"The relative risk was 1.6 in the second hour after drinking. By 24 hours, there was a 30% lower risk," she said.
This pattern remained regardless of the type of alcohol consumed or whether the patients had exercised before their stroke. Moreover, when the researchers excluded the one patient who had had more than two drinks, the pattern continued.
This finding may be due to the immediate effects of alcohol, which increases blood pressure and causes blood platelets to become stickier, perhaps increasing the risk of clotting, the authors noted.
What way you? As for me, I'm going to go fix myself a nice, frosty, sugar-free Margarita. Cheers! If I live through it, I'll post something new soon.