Are you an alcohol drinker? Drinking raises your blood pressure, even leads to hypertension. Try quitting or at least limit alcohol consumption to protect yourself against high blood pressure.
Alcohol and blood pressure
Some people know their blood pressure rises with alcohol consumption. Studies show that excessive alcohol consumption can raise blood pressure, there are various theories explaining why it does so. Research shows that too much of alcohol consumption may damage your brain, liver and cardiovascular system.
Does alcohol can raise blood pressure? The alcohol can interfere with your blood flow to and from the heart; alcohol prevents nutrients in the blood from reaching the heart. Alcohol in small amounts has no known effect on your BP.
However, alcohol interferes with the liver function in metabolizing the renin and angiotensin hormones. These two hormones play the important role in blood pressure control. In addition, studies show frequent alcohol consumption can reduce magnesium levels in blood, which leads to increase in blood pressure.
A recent study in Japan shown an even modest amount of alcohol drinking can cause a blood pressure rise. Dr. Noriyuki Nakanishi, at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, lead author of the study, said alcohol use is an important modifiable risk factor for high blood pressure.
However, other studies show drinking alcohol in moderation does not cause any blood pressure rise. If you are an alcohol drinker, too much alcohol can raise blood pressure.
Heavy drinkers who cut back their drinking can lower their systolic BP by 3 to 5 mm Hg and their diastolic BP by 1 to 2 mm Hg. If you have hypertension, avoid alcohol or drink alcohol in moderation. Moderate drinking is considering as two drinks per day for a men (younger than age 65) or one drink per day for men (age 65 and older) and women of any age.
One alcohol drink is equal to:
- 12 ounces (or 355 ml) of beer
- 5 ounces (148 ml) of wine
- 1.5 ounces (44 ml) of distilled spirits (80 proof)
Alcohol can interact with hypertension medications and may lower its effectiveness and increase its side effects.
What will do you feel, when you stop drinking alcohol?
When you stop drinking, you may have some short-term effects such as craving for alcohol, irritability, uneasiness, anger, headaches, and difficult concentrating.
These alcohol withdrawal effects are because your body practiced to it. Alcohol is an addicting agent, if you start experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms be patient and stay in control.
Do not consider these withdrawal effects as side effects instead, it shows that your body has started healing and getting used to be without alcohol. An alcohol withdrawal symptom is only temporary, which are stronger at the beginning and vanishes slowly.
Benefits of stop drinking
The first benefit of stop drinking is you feel better altogether. The other common benefits are:
- You feel healthier, happier, more motivated.
- You can be able to lose weight.
- You can sleep better, restful sleep and brisk daytime.
- You can have the appetite again.
- You can be able to think better, both figuratively and literally.
- Your blood pressure drops significantly.