Drink lowers blood pressure risk


Drink lowers blood pressure risks


More than three drinks a day can raise blood pressure

People with high blood pressure need not be teetotal and may benefit from a regular tipple, a US study suggests. Men with hypertension reduced their risk of a heart attack by having a drink or two a day, the study in Annals of Internal Medicine found.

But experts warned too much alcohol can raise blood pressure and said the findings should not be used as a licence to drink.

They stressed that alcohol can harm and should not be used as a medicine.

With alcohol consumption there is a fine line between benefit and risk

Judy O’Sullivan, British Heart Foundation

For the 11,711 male healthcare professionals studied, moderate alcohol consumption (one or two glasses of beer, wine or shots of liquor) actually reduced the risk of a heart attack, even if they had high blood pressure.

Light drinkers, who consumed less than one drink every two or three days, did not have a lower risk of heart attack than non-drinkers, however.



~ by searching4alpha on January 3, 2007.

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