Thursday, November 12, 2015

Adding more research on alcoholic drinks and stroke prevention

Photo by Graham Hills via Flickr
I've had a drink of soju more than once, first with colleagues from South Korea visiting the United States a few years ago and during trips to that country.

I enjoyed it at the time, and now feel even better about it! Check out the story about soju might lower stroke risk:
Research results suggest that three to four glasses of the drink a day lower males’ stroke risk. Compared to those who do not drink, one glass of soju (10g of alcohol), two glasses of soju, and three to four glasses of soju can scale down stroke risk by 62 percent, 55 percent and 46 percent, respectively. Drink-based stroke prevention effects were the highest when a person drinks one glass or less of soju.
Observing a difference between men and women, men can reduce stroke risk by drinking three to four glasses of soju, but women by one to two glasses. One glass of soju or less found to have the highest stroke prevention effects corresponded to about one third of the patient group and about a half of the comparison group.
Soju has about 20 percent in alcohol content - stronger than the wine or beer Americans consume. And we've seen other studies looking at other drinks that might make a difference in stroke risk.

But I'd definitely stick to the lower end of the scale of the number of glasses of soju - one rather than three of four!

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