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Excessive Alcohol Consumption

The incidence of ischemic stroke in those who consume small amounts of alcohol (an average of 1-2 drinks per day for men and 1 for women) is lower than in nondrinkers. The reasons may involve a reduction in coronary artery disease. However, chronically drinking too much alcohol (an average of ³ 5 drinks per day) and/or acute binge drinking are significant risk factors for stroke.

Relationship to stroke pathogenesis

The exact pathogenic mechanism is unknown, but alcohol can contribute to high levels of triglycerides, produce cardiac arrhythmias, and cause heart failure.

A little about control/treatment

In the case of alcohol abuse, counseling and support groups are recommended.