A variety of health issues have been linked to higher stroke risk later in life, but a new study says that heavy alcohol consumption in midlife years may increase that risk even more. The twin study out of St. Anne’s University Hospital in the Czech Republic found that “consuming more than two alcoholic drinks a day during middle age increases the risk of stroke by more than a third.” The findings, published in Stroke, a journal by the American Heart Association, supports previous studies linking alcohol consumption to stroke risk, but this is the first of its kind to specify risk by age. The team analyzed 11,644 twins through dietary questionnaires and health data over the course of 50 years to better understand the link between stroke and alcohol use.

Click here to read the full report from Medical News Today.