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Alcohol and Ischemic Stroke

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.1999.tb06904.x 310-314 First published online: 1 October 1999


Stroke mortality represents the third leading cause of death after coronary artery disease and all cancers. Various studies have reported a protective effect of light to moderate alcohol consumption on ischemic stroke risk. The relationship between alcohol and ischemic stroke risk appears to be causal. Potential mechanisms and recommendations for daily practice are discussed.

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