Drinking Alcohol Increases Short-Term Cardiovascular RiskRosenberg, KarenAJN The American Journal of Nursing: July 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 7 - p 59,60 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000484941.55723.8e Journal Watch Buy Abstract Article MetricsMetrics According to this study: The risk of cardiovascular events increases immediately after moderate alcohol consumption. After 24 hours, a protective effect emerges, and the risks of myocardial infarction and hemorrhagic stroke diminish. The risk of ischemic stroke remains high for a week after moderate drinking. High alcohol consumption confers no benefit. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.