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What is the connection between alcohol and high blood pressure?
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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