Stroke Risk Higher in Hour After 'Happy Hour'
Study Shows Increase in Stroke Risk in the First Hour After Drinking Alcohol
Calling the new study "intriguing," Irene Katzan, MD, director of the Primary Stroke Care Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, tells WebMD that the new research "seems to open the door for us to evaluate the phenomenon more closely."
The new study will not change how she talks to her patients about their drinking habits.
"The guidelines and general consensus state that one to two drinks a day is slightly beneficial at reducing risk of stroke and heart disease, and that heavy drinking is detrimental, and this study does not change that," she says.
However, "it's very interesting and should be further explored because if we better understand and characterize this phenomenon, it could potentially alter what we tell patients in the future."