Hangover and the risk of stroke in middle-aged men
Article first published online: 19 JUN 2012
© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Volume 127, Issue 3, pages 186–191, March 2013
How to Cite
Rantakömi SH, Laukkanen JA, Sivenius J, Kauhanen J, Kurl S. Hangover and the risk of stroke in middle-aged men. Acta Neurol Scand: DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.2012.01696.x. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 19 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 MAY 2012
- cohort study;
- risk factors;
The aim of this study was to examine the association between hangover and the risk of stroke.
Material and methods
A population-based sample of men with an average follow-up of 15.7 years. 2466 men with no history of stroke at baseline participated. Two hundred and six strokes occurred, of which 167 were ischemic strokes.
The age-adjusted, relative risk (RR) for any stroke among men with ≥1 hangover per year was 2.33-fold (95% confidence interval (CI), 1.19–4.56; P = 0.013) relative to men without hangover, and 2.99-fold (95% CI, 1.52–5.86; P = 0.001) for ischemic stroke, respectively. After adjustment for age, smoking, high density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, BMI, SBP, myocardial ischemia during exercise, symptomatic coronary heart disease (CHD) and CHD in family, C-reactive protein, diabetes, and total alcohol consumption, the RR for any stroke was 1.94-fold (95% CI, 0.95–3.96; P = 0.070) and 2.58-fold (95% CI, 1.24–5.36; P = 0.011) for ischemic stroke among men with hangovers. Additional adjustment of atrial fibrillation and cardiac failure and risk was 2.45-fold (95% CI, 1.18–5.12; P = 0.017) for ischemic strokes.
This study shows that at least one hangover a year is related to an increased risk of ischemic stroke in men.