If you drink too much alcohol, it will raise your blood pressure. Alcohol contains a lot of calories which can cause you to gain weight. This will also increase your blood pressure over time. If you keep to the recommended limits for alcohol, it will help keep your blood pressure down. The current recommended limits are 21 units of alcohol A WEEK for men, and 14 units A WEEK for women.
How many units are in what you drink?
- Single measure of spirits (25ml) 1 unit
- Pint of normal-strength beer 2 units
- Medium glass of wine (175ml) 2 units
- Large glass of wine (250ml) 3 units
- Pint of strong beer 4 units
So, how may units of alcohol are in your favorite drink?
Tips to drinking less alcohol
Even if you do not drink too much, you can benefit from drinking less alcohol. Here are some tips to help you have a good night out (or in) without having to worry about your blood pressure.
- Try low-alcohol options – there are now a number of lower-strength beers on the market.
- Check the label – many drinks labels now tell you how many units they contain.
- Make your drinks last longer by adding mixers or water.
- Don’t eat bar snacks like crisps and peanuts – the added salt will make you want to drink more, and will also raise your blood pressure.
- If you drink at home, buy a measure so that you know how much you are drinking.