Harvard Heart Letter
Does drinking alcohol raise the risk of stroke?
Research we’re watching Contrary to observations that moderate drinking (one or two drinks per day) protects against stroke, a new study finds that stroke risk may rise with increasing alcohol intake. The findings, which were published online April 4 by The Lancet, come from a study involving 160,000 Chinese adults who reported their drinking habits. They also were tested for gene variants common in Asian populations that cause an unpleasant flushing reaction after