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Reduce alcohol to avoid high blood pressure

Reduce alcohol to avoid high blood pressure


If you drink too much alcohol, this will raise your blood pressure over time. Alcohol also contains a lot of calories which will make you gain weight. This will also increase your blood pressure.

If you keep to the recommended limits for alcohol, this will help to keep your blood pressure down. The current recommended limits are 21 units of alcohol a week for men, and 14 units a week for women.


How many units of alcohol are in your drink?

Drink  Units of Alcohol
Single measure of spirits (25ml)1 unit of alcohol
Pint of normal-strength beer 2 units of alcohol 
Medium glass of wine (175ml) 2 units of alcohol 
Large glass of wine (250ml) 3 units of alcohol 
Pint of strong beer 4 units of alcohol 

Drinking less alcohol

Even if you are drinking less than the recommended limits, you will still benefit from drinking less alcohol. Here are some tips to help you have a good night out (or in) without having to worry about your blood pressure.

  • Try low-alcohol options – there are now a number of lower-strength beers on the market
  • Check the label – many drinks' labels now tell you how many units they contain
  • Make your drinks last longer by adding mixers or water
  • Don’t eat bar snacks like crisps and peanuts – the added salt will make you want to drink more, and will raise your blood pressure
  • If you drink at home, buy a measure so that you know how much you are drinking.

For more information about alcohol and safe drinking advice please visit: what is alcohol?

 

 


More about a healthy blood pressure diet

Drinking alcohol in moderation is just one part of a blood pressure friendly diet, there are a number of others that will help to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke:



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