Two drinks can cause high blood pressureBy Annie Hayes
A study has revealed consuming two alcoholic drinks every day could raise a woman’s blood pressure enough to become at risk of hypertension.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia recruited 24 women to test the effects of alcohol on 24-hour blood pressure, and published the results in the journal Hypertension.
Researchers measured participants’ normal blood pressure before the trial, which took place over three months.
The first month saw them drink a higher volume of alcohol each week, the second month a lower volume of alcohol each week, and the third month, nonalcoholic drinks.
The results revealed that during the month the women had 14 to 21 standard servings of alcohol each week, they had higher pressure than the months that they when they drank less or consumed nonalcoholic drinks.
The researchers concluded that for women, drinking several alcoholic drinks every day does increase blood pressure, and the effect is similar to that found in previous studies concerning men.