March 4, 2008
Source: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-525235/Just-glasses-wine-day-double-blood-pressure.html
A glass or two of wine a day could more than double the risk of high blood pressure, research shows.
An analysis of eight studies involving thousands of men and women found that even moderate amounts of alcohol can send blood pressure soaring.
Only three units a day – the equivalent of two small glasses of wine or a pint and a half of lager – more than doubled the risk of the condition, which is nicknamed “the silent killer” because it is often symptomless until it is too late.
The latest research, carried out at the University of Bristol, shows that alcohol intake may play a major role in determining blood pressure. The researchers combined data from eight previous studies involving almost 12,000 men and women.