The effects of short-term alcohol intake on clinic and ambulatory blood pressure in normotensive ‘social’ drinkers

Christopher James O’Callaghan, Paddy Andrew Phillips, Henry Krum, Laurence Guy Howes

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Abstract

Office blood pressure (OBP), ambulatory blood pressure (ABP), and vascular reactivity were measured in 12 normotensive ‘social’ drinkers (mean alcohol consumption of 9.7 ± 3.1 g/day) after 4 days of alcohol consumption (1 g/kg/day) and compared with the effects of an isocaloric substitute (sucrose, 1.75 g/kg/day) or no intervention. Alcohol consumption did not affect OBP or 24-mean ABP but appeared to decrease nocturnal systolic and diastolic blood pressure soon after consumption. Although vascular reactivity did not differ between the groups, the blood pressure rise in response to isometric exercise tended to be lower following alcohol. Thus, short-term alcohol ingestion by normotensive ‘social’ drinkers does not increase office or ambulatory blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-577
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Hypertension
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Ambulatory blood pressure
  • Blood pressure

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