High blood pressure: How a dry January can benefit hypertension by lowering your reading

Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels. Having more than three drinks in one sitting temporarily increases your blood pressure, but repeated binge drinking can lead to long-term increases, said Mayo Clinic.

The health site added: “Heavy drinkers who cut back to moderate drinking can lower their systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by 2 to 4 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg) and their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) by 1 to 2 mm Hg.

“Keep in mind that alcohol contains calories and may contribute to unwanted weight gain — a risk factor for high blood pressure.

“Also, alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness and increase the side effects of some blood pressure medications.”


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