Drinking, Smoking and Stroke

We hear a lot about the benefits of drinking wine.  Turns out there’s a catch.  (Isn’t there always??)  Researchers now say drinking a glass or two of wine a day if you’re a woman only reduces your risk of having a stroke IF you don’t smoke.  People who smoking drinkers and smoking non-drinkers have the same level of risk.

It’s believed that alcohol is beneficial because it thins the blood, allowing it to flow more freely through veins and arteries.  Smoking, on the other hand, clogs arteries, essentially negating any benefit a drink or two might lead to.

SOURCE: Alcohol only protects ‘non-smokers’ from stroke


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