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Alcohol Study Done on Chinese Finds higher risk of stroke and raised blood pressure

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A study conducted on more than 500,000 people in China found moderate alcohol consumption can slightly increase the risk of stroke and high blood pressure, reports CBS News.

The study conducted by Chinese and British scientists is significant in that it contradicts other studies which found moderate drinking can actually be good for you.

“The claims that alcohol has some magical, protective fix… has no particularly serious scientific basis,” said Richard Peto, of the University of Oxford, one of the study’s senior authors.

According to Medical News Today, researchers chose to study Chinese because many from East Asia suffer from the Asian Flushing Syndrome, a gene deficiency that causes their face to emit a red glow when drinking alcohol.

“Using genetics is a novel way to assess the health effects of alcohol and to sort out whether moderate drinking really is protective or whether it’s slightly harmful,” senior epidemiologist and lecturer Iona Millwood, who co-led the study, said to Medical News Today. “Our genetic analyses have helped us understand the cause and effect relationships.”

The researchers believe alcohol in moderation can increase the risk of ischemic stroke by as much as 35 percent for every four extra alcoholic drinks per day.

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