Many of us have been operating on previous research that suggested that one drink per day, especially red wine, is actually good for cardiac health and preventing strokes, as well as, other diseases – but a new study says it actually raises stroke risk.


Rethink: Even one drink a day can increase stroke risk

Contradicting previous research that said moderate drinking could be beneficial, the latest research says that just one alcoholic drink a day can raise the risk of stroke, a new study published in The Lancet. The research found that even consuming alcohol at low levels increased blood pressure, which can lead to strokes.

What are the risks?

According to the results of the new study, drinking one or two alcoholic beverages per day increases the risk of stroke by 10% to 15%.

But if you increase your level of alcohol consumption to 4 drinks per day, your risk of having a stroke jumps up to 35 percent.

One drink is defined as either a small glass of wine (approximately 5 ounces at 12% alcohol), one bottle of beer (12 ounces at 5% alcohol), or one cocktail (1.5 ounces of distilled spirits at 40% alcohol).

One drink a day and red wine not so good after all?

Most everyone who drinks alcohol has seen the numerous reports and articles telling us that the moderate drinking of alcohol was actually beneficial.

In particular, red wine what’s especially beneficial because it contains resveratrol. Wines high in resveratrol are those made from thick-skinned red grapes. The winds that contain the most resveratrol are Malbec, Petite Sirah, St. Laurent and Pinot Noir.

Previous research told us that resveratrol could reduce stroke risk by preventing damage to blood vessels and a reduction of blood clots. This is because previous studies showed that resveratrol was linked to the reduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (which is considered the “bad” cholesterol), as well as, a lower risk of inflammation and blood clotting.

However, it should be noted that at the time some studies found benefits from resveratrol, simultaneously, other studies found no benefits that it prevented heart disease.