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Moderate to heavy drinking may raise women’s blood pressure

Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Healthy Living' started by aregee, Aug 4, 2015.

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    JUST two drinks a day could raise a woman’s blood pressure enough to put her at risk for hypertension, Australian researchers say.

    Past studies have shown that drinking alcohol raises men’s blood pressure, but results for women have been mixed. In the new trial, when women had 14 to 21 standard servings of red wine each week they had higher pressure than when they drank less or consumed non-alcoholic wine.

    “If (women) are not drinking within national guidelines when drinking (no more than seven drinks in a week and three on any day) they should cut down, switch to non-alcoholic drinks after reaching this level,” said Dr. Barbara J. Turner, director of the Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, by email.

    “It is worth paying attention to the long term effects of higher blood pressure levels because hypertension is the most common cause of heart disease,” said Turner, who was not involved in the new study.

    According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking includes up to one drink per day for women and two drinks a day for men. (Reuters Health)