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Alcohol boosts blood pressure

Drinking alcohol may play a greater role in increasing blood pressure than previously thought.

Researchers took an interesting approach to the study and focused on people who have a mutation on a gene which affects their body’s ability to eliminate alcohol.

The genetic alcohol study

The people who have the mutant gene which makes it difficult to drink alcohol (and thus drink no or little alcohol) had significantly lower blood pressure levels than for those people without the gene.

The genetic mutation, common in some Asian populations discourages drinking. Those with the genetic mutation will suffer nausea, headache and other unpleasant symptoms after drinking alcohol.

Researchers conclusions

Researcher Sarah Lewis from the University of Bristol, UK told Reuters,

“This study shows that alcohol intake may increase blood pressure to a much greater extent, even among moderate drinkers, than previously thought.”

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