Dr. Murray A. Mittleman, of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and one of the authors of the study, stated, "There is a small transient increase in risk of stroke after one drink, but it goes away over 24 hours.' [WebMD (7-15-2010): 'Stroke Risk Higher in Hour After 'Happy Hour'']
He adds, "These changes occur rapidly and may be responsible for the transient increase in stroke risk. Many of these factors return to baseline in a number of hours, and there are some benefits to heart health with moderate drinking, such as good cholesterol levels going up." [WebMD]
Dr. Mittleman continues: "'¦ we know that even occasionally having higher amounts of alcohol can have detrimental effects. People who consume multiple servings of alcohol per day are at higher risk for cardiac problems in addition to some other ill health effects, including breast cancer risk in women and liver and throat disease." [WebMD]
The authors are from: the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit (E.M., K.J.M., M.A.M.), Department of Medicine, Department of Neurology (G.S.), and the Division of General Medicine & Primary Care (K.J.M.), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; the Department of Epidemiology (E.M., M.A.M.), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Heart Institute (M.R.B.), Cincinnati, Ohio; and the Department of Epidemiology (W.D.R.), University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.