The alcohol amounts one consumes affect the rates of absorption in the body. Higher alcohol concentrations will yield faster absorption. The liver is responsible for cleansing the body of any poisons and therefore it becomes overwhelmed due to the high contents of alcohol which result to body imbalances in the whole body inclusive of fats build up in the bloodstream which eventually results in heart problems.
On the other hand, red blood cells responsible for producing oxygen clump together hence starving and finally results in death. The heart is exerted on much pressure which forces blood out through blood arteries at higher rates causing blood pressure to increase.
When this goes to the extreme, hypertension may result in heart failure, heart attack or else severe heart disorders. Hypertension is accompanied by symptoms such as coma, confusion, headache and sleepiness. Most victims of hypertension cannot trace the cause but common causes of high blood pressure are alcohol abuse, any other disease which affects the arteries responsible for supplying the kidney with blood.
How are alcohol and food related in terms of hypertension?
From research, taking alcohol without taking food eventually, increases blood pressure. This is despite the type of alcohol you consume or the amount of alcohol you consume.
Too much consumption of alcohol can raise levels of blood pressure to quite unhealthy levels. Taking three drinks and more at once increases levels of blood pressure temporarily but repeated and heavy drinking may eventually result in long-term blood pressure increase.
From research, it is proven that heavy drinkers attempted to cut heavy drinking to moderate drinking and this lowered their systolic pressure by around 4 to 2 millimeters in the mercury scale and also the diastolic pressure dropped by 2 to 1 millimeters of mercury on the scale.
Therefore, heavy drinkers intending to decrease their levels of blood pressure should reduce amounts of alcohol consumption slowly over two weeks. For those who suddenly cut alcohol totally, they risk any development of hypertension.
As you take alcohol for whichever reasons and benefits, consider the following:
• Try options of low-alcohol. Apparently, the market is offering low-strength beers.
• Check bottle label. Before any consumption, check for the contained units as labeled.
• Add water or mixers to your drinks to make them last for a longer time.
• Do not consume snacks in the bar such as peanuts or crisps as they contain added salt which will lead to more drinking hence raising blood pressure.
• If you prefer drinking from home, have a measure to determine how much you have consumed.
In case you already suffer hypertension, drink moderately or avoid alcohol at all.
What is considered moderate?
• For men aged below 65 years, for a day, only two drinks.
• For those aged 65 years and above, only take one drink.
• For women, despite the age, only consume one drink for the day.
A drink in this case implies to beer 12 ounces, wine 5 ounces or spirits 1.5 ounces with 80-proof. Alcohol contains a lot of calories which may lead to unwanted increase in body weight which is a risk factor to hypertension.
Alcohol as well may disturb the effective functioning and add on side effects resulting from medications of blood pressure.
To conclude, indeed the consumption of alcohol increases blood pressure.