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Studies online say alcohol use increases blood pressure. ive noticed if i have two glasses of wine in the evening my systolic drops 10+ points and my diastolic drops 4+ points. does it raise with continued daily consumption? im confused here

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Alcohol and BP : Alcohol use disorder ("alcoholism", alcohol addiction) is associated with high BP, but not necessarily due to alcohol itself. AUD is strongly associated with other health issues (diet, exercise, obesity, liver or kidney disease, etc) that can affect BP. Your observation of BP dropping slihgtly with alcohol intake is typical and normal.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Alcohol and BP: Excessive alcohol use can wreck havoc with your physical and mental health over time. This doesn't mean that you will notice an immediate spike/ increase in blood pressure when you drink alcohol.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Alcohol and high bp: I have had patients with very significant hypertension whose blood pressure normalized when they gave up their daily heavy alcohol intake. A drink or 2 can induce relaxation and lower one's blood pressure, but this is an unhealthy way to relax or lower blood pressure.

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