Alcohol And Its Effect On People With High Blood Pressure

Hypertension affects millions of people around the world, and drinking alcohol can make the problem worse. Alcohol raises blood pressure in healthy people, but if your levels are raised to start with, it only makes the problem worse.Generally, women have a lower tolerance to alcohol than men, and are advised to stick to one alcoholic drink a day to stay within safe limits. If more alcohol than this is drunk, then it will have an effect on the blood vessels and arteries which can raise blood pressure to unsafe levels.Both men and women must ensure they stick to safe levels of drinking – if they don’t then GPs will often note their blood pressure readings on a regular basis. The blood pressure can also be raised by the extra weight which is gained from the calories in the alcohol. This can lead to extra medication being prescribed to help manage the problem. If a patient is taking blood pressure medication, then any alcohol which is drunk can have a negative effect on the prescribed medication.

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It is common sense, therefore, to reduce or cut out alcohol. If you can’t stop drinking completely, then try to reduce your intake to a minimum. A good tip is to make sure you’re not drinking every day. Alcohol and hypertension medication don’t mix well, and drinking should really be avoided if possible so as not to affect the medication, otherwise complications can occur.If you are drinking more than is sensible, then it would make sense for you to seek help for your addiction to alcohol. If your GP says you should cut out drinking when taking your medication, then you need to listen to this advice. You must realize that if you don’t take this advice, then your health problems will not improve, and will only get worse. There is a great deal of help available to help you reduce your alcohol consumption.

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You may not want, or indeed need, to reduce the amount you drink to zero, but anything you can do to moderate your drinking will benefit your health greatly, particularly if you have a raised level of blood pressure, and are on medication to help reduce it. The benefits gained from just losing a few pounds in weight from the alcohol you won’t be drinking will help your health enormously, and will make you feel better as well.