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Heavy drinkers may risk brain bleed at a young age: Study

Published on Sep 11, 2012 8:57 AM

(REUTERS) - People who drink heavily - at least four drinks a day - may be at risk of suffering a brain haemorrhage at a relatively early age, according to a French study.

Researchers whose findings were published in the journal Neurology focused on drinking habits among people who had suffered an intra-cerebral haemorrhage, a type of stroke where ruptured blood vessels leak blood into the brain.

Among the 540 patients they followed, one-quarter were heavy drinkers before the stroke. Their brain haemorrhage typically struck at the age of 60, versus age 74 among patients who were not heavy drinkers.

"Chronic heavy alcohol intake increases the risk of bleeding at a very young age," said senior researcher Charlotte Cordonnier, at the University of Lille Nord de France.

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