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What is the connection between alcohol and high blood pressure?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Increased risk: People who drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day (one drink being a glass of wine, a beer, or a shot of liquor) have about double the risk of developing high blood pressure. Studies have shown that people who drink to excess can reduce their blood pressure by cutting down on alcohol.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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It may raise it: Alcohol is a widespread (and often missed) cause of secondary hypertension, because doctors either do not take a good alcohol use history or because the patient doesn't give accurate information. Usually it takes more than 7 drinks/week in women and older men, and 14/week in younger men to cause problems, and its usually quite a bit more than that. In many cases, reduction or stopping "cures" hbp.

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Can alcohol cause high blood pressure?

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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
It increases: Pressure acutely a little. Moderate drinking, 1 - 2 drink a day shoukd be fine.

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