Most of us can drink a little too much once in a while - but we may suffer far more than just a thumping headache the next morning.
Researchers have discovered that we double the risk of a stroke if we drink too much. And the more often we overdo it, the more likely we are to suffer a stroke.
'Binge drinking', according to researchers from the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki, amounts to six glasses of alcohol for men, and four glasses for women, drunk in one session.
They evaluated the risk after studying the drinking habits of 15,965 Finnish men and women aged between 25 and 64 years over a 10-year period. Over that time 249 participants suffered a stroke, and researchers were able to draw a direct line to 'binge drinking' after allowing for other risk factors such as obesity and smoking.
(Source: Stroke, 2008; published online October 2, doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.108.520817).