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How does alcohol affect blood pressure?

Dr Louisa Draper

"The government currently recommends that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units per week. One unit is equal to 10ml of pure alcohol. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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Drinking alcohol regularly for a long period of time increases your risk of high blood pressure. In addition, alcohol can make you put on weight due to the amount of calories it contains. Being overweight also increases your risk of high blood pressure. 

High blood pressure affects one in three adults in the UK. 

Research has shown, that heavy drinking increases the risk of high blood pressure for both women and men. Cutting down on alcohol can help to reduce your risk of getting high blood pressure.

High blood pressure rarely causes obvious symptoms, which means that it often goes untreated. Left untreated, high blood pressure is dangerous. Hypertension attributed to alcohol  is the most common cause of hospital admissions related to alcohol. 

High blood pressure means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. Hypertension is the medical term for having persistently high blood pressure. It is a major cause of heart attack, stroke, vascular dementia, and chronic kidney disease.