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Drinking Alcohol Outside of Meals may Increase Risk of Hypertension

separator Research has indicated that having alcoholic drinks outside of meals may contribute significantly to an increased risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure. The study looked at 2,609 Caucasian men and women between the ages of 35 and 80. People who consumed alcohol with meals or who didn't consume alcohol at all had lower blood pressure readings than people who drank alcohol without eating a meal.

Additionally, the more people drank, the higher their blood pressure was likely to be. The type of alcoholic beverage did not have an effect on results.

The study points out the importance of consuming alcohol only with food, and also of consuming alcohol in moderation, which means one drink per day for women and no more than two for men.

Hypertension, December 2006
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