If you’re looking for yet another reason to quit drinking, Boca House, sober living in Florida, suggests you consider the long term damaging effects. Recent studies released by scientists are indicating that binge drinking can dramatically increase the risk of a bleeding stroke.
According to French researchers, those who drink three or more alcoholic beverages a day become more likely to suffer a stroke nearly a decade and a half earlier than those who drink less, or don’t drink at all.
The study examined the medical records of 540 people who suffered intracerebral hemorrhages, a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain. Of the 540 subjects, a quarter were identified as heavy drinkers, consuming three or more drinks of pure alcohol a day. CT scans were taken of those with bleeding strokes, and these indicated that heavy drinkers were experiencing strokes more commonly around the age of 60, while moderate to nondrinkers typically experience strokes closer to the age of 74 – if at all.
Additionally, The Stroke Association in the UK released a study on 6,000 Scottish men, and found that those who drank more than five drinks a day were twice as likely to die of a stroke, as compared to nondrinkers.
This news that drinking causes strokes is alarming for all drinkers, but especially of serious concern to women, who are more likely to die from stroke than men. Strokes can result in blurred vision, paralysis, lack of coordination, numbness, mental confusion, and difficulty speaking.
If you’re planning to head down to Boca Raton this spring break for a week of drinking and partying, Boca House, a facility for sober living in Florida suggests you consider otherwise. This study is reinforcing our knowledge that alcohol consumption is harmful on the brain and body, at all ages.