A new study has shown that even light-to-moderate consumption of alcoholic drink increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke.

Published in the Lancet medical journal, the study contradicts previous findings that suggest moderate drinking could prevent health diseases.

Researchers from Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and the University of Oxford followed the effects of alcohol on stroke in 500,000 Chinese people for 10 years.

The researchers said Chinese formed the study group because of their distinct gene combination which reduces their alcohol tolerance level. This genetic variant can make consuming alcoholic drink an unpleasant experience and lead to flushing.

The scientists were able to study the impact of alcohol on people drawn from health, lifestyle and genetic data.

The study found that some didn’t drink because of their genetic mutation, while female-participants drank little despite their genetic variance.



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