Study identifies alcohol risk factors for acute stroke: INTERSTROKE study is one of the largest international studies of risk factors for stroke

A global study, co-led by University of Galway, into causes of stroke has found that high and moderate alcohol consumption was associated with increased odds of stroke.

The study also found that there was no link between low level drinking and stroke.

The INTERSTROKE research looked at the alcohol consumption of almost 26,000 people worldwide, of which one quarter were current drinkers, and two-thirds were teetotal.

The study involved people from a range of ethnic backgrounds in 27 countries, including Ireland and the UK.

The findings have been published in Neurology, the most read and highly-cited neurology journal.

Professor Martin O’Donnell, Professor of Neurovascular Medicine at University of Galway and Consultant Stroke Physician at Galway University Hospitals, co-led the international INTERSTROKE study in partnership with Professor Salim Yusuf from the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University, Canada.

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