How Much Does Alcohol Raise Blood Pressure?

Overweight Businessman Having his Blood Pressure Taken by a Doctor
Risk factors for developing hypertension include obesity, excess drinking and poor diet choices. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Alcohol's effects on blood pressure depends on a number of factors, including gender, age, health, body weight, family history and his history of alcohol intake. (Ref. 5) The short-term effects can be measured by taking the person's blood pressure at intervals during the 24-hour period after drinking a measured dose of alchol. More important, though, is the long-term effect of drinking alcohol on the cardiovascular system. Research is on-going, but __

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