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Binge Drinking Associated With Stroke in Korean Men

Last Updated: June 26, 2009.

Korean men who frequently binge drink may face a higher risk of mortality from stroke, particularly hemorrhagic stroke, according to research published online June 25 in Stroke.

FRIDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Korean men who frequently binge drink may face a higher risk of mortality from stroke, particularly hemorrhagic stroke, according to research published online June 25 in Stroke.

Jae Woong Sull, Ph.D., of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and colleagues analyzed data from 6,157 men and women who were at least 55 years of age at baseline, who reported their alcohol consumption patterns. Binge drinking was defined as having at least six drinks on one occasion. Subjects were followed for cause-specific mortality for up to 20.8 years.

Male binge drinkers who drank daily had a higher risk of all-cause mortality (hazard ratio, 1.33) compared to nondrinkers. Mortality risks from total stroke and hemorrhagic stroke were much higher (hazard ratios, 1.86 and 3.39, respectively). Female binge drinkers had a higher -- but not statistically significant -- risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease.

"In conclusion, when the mortality risk of binge drinkers was compared with that of nondrinkers, mortality risks from total cardiovascular disease, stroke, and hemorrhagic stroke in particular were high in binge drinkers who drank daily. However, because the study population was people aged ≥55 years living in an agricultural community with a small population of female drinkers, further studies need to be undertaken to truly understand the risks of binge drinking in the entire population," the authors write.

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