Washington: People who take three or more alcoholic drinks per day may be at higher risk of experiencing a stroke earlier in life than those who do not drink heavily. A new study supported by the University of Lille Nord de France found that heavy drinkers experienced a stroke at an average age of 60, fourteen years before their non-heavy drinking counterparts. "Heavy drinking has been consistently identified as a risk factor for this type of stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain rather than a blood clot," said study author Charlotte Cordonnier. "Our study focuses on the effects of heavy alcohol use on the timeline of stroke and the long-term outcome for those people," Cordonnier said in a statement. For the study, 540 people with an average age of 71 whom had a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage were interviewed about their drinking habits. Doctors also interviewed the participants or the caregivers or relatives about the participants` drinking habits.
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