Alcohol and Hypertension

- Is there relations between the alcohol and hypertension?
Answer: Drinking more than two drinks per day increases the risk of high blood pressure,(1) and the greater the consumption of alcohol, the greater the risk of hypertension. (2)

Consuming three or more drinks per day doubles the risk of having high blood pressure, and it is more likely to be resistant to medication than hypertension unrelated to alcohol. Hypertension increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, cardiomyopathy, and other serious health problems.

1. Marmot MG, Elliott P, Shipley MJ, et al. Alcohol and blood pressure: The INTERSALT study. BMJ. 1994;308:1263-1267.
2. Cushman, WC. Alcohol Consumption and Hypertension. J Clin Hypertension 3(3):166-170, 2001.

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