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Even one drink of alcohol per day increases the risk of hypertension, study finds out

In the latest research as per 2018, alcohol may not offer any health advantage whatsoever. The findings nullify the earlier claim people made with regards to the treatment of certain ailments that could be carried out. Research studies have shown it not to be the case. What this means is that it is pertinent to cut back on the consumption of alcohol.

In a normal case scenario, one drink a day may seem no harm to people. Yes, for such people, drinking too much might be bad. But they are inclined to believe that moderate consumption may not be of any disadvantage.

However, that is supposedly untrue! In one different study, just one drink per day can be consequential for you. The so-called habit of “moderate drinking” may put your body at risk of high blood pressure.

So, suffice to say, you should think twice before passing around any judgements about drinking!

Alcohol & Risk of Blood Pressure

The study was a comprehensive one taking into consideration the data of about 17,000 US adults. Which makes it even more viable to buy the proposition put forward by the research. The findings were presented in the 68th Annual Scientific Session conducted by the American College of Cardiology.

The researchers aimed at firstly observing the drinking behaviour of the participants. Which entailed how much drinks an individual had on a daily basis. Subsequently, they also wanted to examine the blood pressure of the individuals. Long story short, the purpose of the study was to investigate the link between “moderate consumption” and hypertension.

At the termination of the research, results were documented and made available to the public. The findings categorized the participants into two groups: Heavy Drinkers and Moderate Drinkers. The latter group of participants consumed around 7 to 13 drinks on a weekly basis. Which makes it about 1 to 1.5 drink(s) every day.

It is important to note that one drink is supposedly known to contain 0.6 ounces of alcohol.

The heavy drinkers, on the other hand, were categorized as individuals consuming more than 14 drinks every week. Essentially, the amount exceeding 1.2 ounces or 35ml.

The Findings

Researchers associated with the study found that both groups had an increased risk of hypertension. Firstly, regardless of the amount of consumption, alcohol drinkers were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure problem than non-drinkers.

Either way, the results showed that the “moderate drinkers” had increased their chances of hypertension by 53 per cent. This figure was compared to the data of non-alcohol drinkers. For heavy drinkers, the story is even more unfortunate. These group of participants had a risk as high as 69 per cent compared to those who choose not to drink.

What this really means is that there exists a strong relationship between alcohol consumption and hypertension. Scientists also found that heavy drinkers were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular-related problems like atrial fibrillation. The other distinctive thing about the study is that the data considered the results of individuals regardless of their gender. That is to say, the risk was high for both males and females.

Needless to say, the study concluded by the American College of Cardiology should ring a bell in alcohol drinkers.



Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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