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Alcohol, Smoking and Drugs Tied to Strokes in Young Adults

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Many people consider strokes a health condition that affects only seniors. But new research indicates that younger adults who are smokers or have abused drugs or alcohol may be at higher risk for experiencing a stroke.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year. New research conducted in Ohio and Kentucky identified that drug abuse, heavy drinking and smoking may affect the heart, arteries and blood, increasing risk of stroke at a young age.

Studies conducted in 2005, showed that approximately half of young adults who suffered a stroke were smokers at the time, and one in five used illegal drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine. Thirteen percent of these individuals had used drugs or alcohol within 24 hours prior to the stroke.

To learn more about this study, read the Reuters Health story.

For more information on the devastating effects of ingesting too much alcohol, visit eMedicineHealth.com’s Alcoholism page.


Do you know of a young adult who experienced a stroke? Were drugs, alcohol or smoking a factor? What treatment options were recommended?