Smoking & Binge drinking


Smoking doubles your risk of stroke because it causes the arteries to fur and makes the blood more likely to clot. Not smoking is one of the most important things you can do to avoid a stroke. If you already smoke, quitting can halve your risk – no matter how old you are or how long you have smoked.

Lack of exercise

Regular physical activity also halves your risk of stroke, because exercising helps lower blood pressure, controls weight, helps create a healthy balance of blood fats and improves your body’s ability to handle insulin.


Smoking & Binge drinking

Binge drinking can be a major risk factor for stroke. People who binge drink are twice as likely to have a stroke than non alcohol drinkers. Avoid heavy drinking, especially drinking large amounts of alcohol in one go (binge drinking), as this can cause blood pressure to soar.


Women should drink no more than two to three units of alcohol a day, while men should stick to no more than three or four units a day. A unit is a small glass of wine, a single (pub) measure of spirits or half a pint of weak beer or lager.





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