Alcohol and stroke

Alcohol and stroke: Drinking large amounts of alcohol (six or more standard drinks per day) increases your risk of stroke.

Regular, heavy drinking can raise blood pressure to consistently high levels. This increases the risk of both types of stroke (ischaemic and haemorrhagic).

Alcohol intake after a stroke

You can reduce your risk of stroke or further strokes by limiting your alcohol consumption. Your doctor may recommend that you limit all alcohol consumption in the months following your stroke.

After the initial recovery period, it is still important to limit alcohol intake. The Australian Alcohol Guidelines recommend no more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day.