According to the US National Library of Medicine (MedlinePlus), blood pressure “is a measurement of the force exerted against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body,” which when it reaches maximum levels It is called hypertension, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO) causes cardiovascular diseases.
“Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in most countries of the Americas, and are responsible for 30% of deaths in the region”, says in a press release the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Although high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, certainly those who do experience them have headaches, nosebleeds, and shortness of breath.
The factors that affect hypertension are physical inactivity, tobacco use —including vaping—, obesity, excessive salt intake, stress, and low potassium levels, says the Mayo Clinic. But a very common one that is rarely talked about is excessive alcohol consumption.
High blood pressure and excessive alcohol consumption
According to the specialized medical center, excessive alcohol intake is harmful to health because it can increase blood pressureeven inhibit the effects of medications that help control it.
He explains that when talking about a moderate consumption of this drink, he refers to “consuming one drink per day for women, two in the case of men.” Nevertheless, restricting your intake is the best decision.
For its part, the Cochrane Library, through the review of 32 studies in which 767 men between the ages of 18 and 96 were studied, determined that low doses of alcohol had no impact on blood pressurebut they did increase heart rate, for at least six hours after consumption.
Therefore, the Clinic urges you to avoid alcohol consumption, because the damage is not only on health, but also has an impact on the lives of other people.
Diseases caused by alcohol consumption
In a report, the WHO ensures that at least 3 million deaths around the world are recorded each year due to excessive alcohol consumption, a depressant that, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component “which slows down brain activity, which causes the muscles to relax, and the person to calm down and soothe.”
For its part, MedlinePlus says it affects the nervous system, “That is, it is a drug that slows down brain activity,” Therefore, one of its effects is the change in mood and behavior, negatively affecting cognitive abilities such as thinking and memory.
And although it suggests avoiding its consumption, those who do not they do should have a moderate intake, running the risk of cancer and heart disease. However, the medical encyclopedia is forceful in ensuring that children under 21, pregnant women or those who consume medications should limit their consumption.
For this reason, the risk factors -for people who drink alcohol- are notable for the Mayo Clinic, such as depression or mental problems, family history, among others. Therefore, problems such as gastritis, liver disease and hypoglycemia can arise after regular alcohol consumption.
Finally, other consequences of excessive alcohol consumption should not be minimized, such as probable car accidents, involvement in risky or forced sexual relations, such as abuse or rape.