Latest scientific news 28 February 2017

Older light drinkers with lowest risk of stroke

This study investigated the relationship between alcohol consumption and risk of stroke among older adults.

Few studies have examined the health implications of alcohol consumption for older adults, however, there is some evidence that moderate intake of alcoholic beverages is also linked with a lower mortality at older ages. The current study examined the relationship between the consumption of alcoholic beverages among older adults and their risk of stroke. 27 265 black and white US adults with an average age of 65 years participated in this prospective study.

The results showed that among older adults, current light drinkers had the lowest risk of stroke; those who used to, but no longer drink, had higher risks of stroke.

Cunningham SA, Mosher A,  Judd SE, Matz LM, Kabagambe EK, Moy CS, Howard V, Alcohol consumption and incident stroke among older adults, J Gerontol B Sci Soc Sci, 2017, Vol 00, No 00, 1-13, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw153

For more information about this article, read the scientific abstract here.