As little as 1 drink a day linked to hypertension, new study finds

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By Linda Carroll

For years experts have touted moderate alcohol consumption as protective against heart disease. But a new study finds that just seven to 13 drinks a week can drive up blood pressure.

The study, which examined the health records of more than 17,000 U.S. adults, found that people who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol were more than twice as likely as nondrinkers to develop a more severe form of hypertension.

“If you are drinking moderately you should probably ask your physician or provider to check your blood pressure at each visit,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Amer Aladin, a cardiovascular medicine fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Health. “If your drinking is moderate or heavy you should ask your provider to help you cut back.”