Alcohol is used so often that it has become quite common for people. So ordinary that sometimes they don’t even think about the consequences that it entails, although they are, to put it mildly, numerous. Alcohol affects a person immediately at numerous levels, it affects almost all the systems that are present in a person – and not positively. The heart, nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and much more are affected. In particular, alcohol changes pressure. But here the question arises – in which direction? Does alcohol raise or lower blood pressure? This is worth sorting out in order to better understand what will happen when you decide to drink a bottle or two of alcohol with your friends, after which you think what will happen to your body. However, let’s go in order. How do alcohol and pressure interact?
Often, if you ask a person a question, alcohol raises or lowers blood pressure, the answer will be mixed. If a person suffers from hypertension, then he will usually say that alcohol lowers blood pressure, if he, on the contrary, has hypotension, then the answer will be the opposite. Therefore, confusion arises. Some people say one thing, others say another, but where is the truth? Interestingly, both sides are right. The effect of alcohol on pressure is ambiguous, therefore, after its use, the exact opposite effect may occur.
For starters, consider how alcohol affects downward pressure. This happens when it is used in small quantities, for example, 50-70 grams. Then the pressure becomes rather lowered, the person even begins to feel a little better, his appetite improves, and if there was a headache, then it disappears.
It can be brandy, or some other alcohol. After such a small amount, the vascular tone begins to relax, because the blood becomes easier to overcome the vessels, because the pressure becomes lower – in such cases, alcohol really lowers the pressure.
Now let’s figure out when the pressure becomes elevated. And it becomes elevated in situations where more alcohol is drunk than in the situation described above. Then a slightly different effect occurs – after consumption, when the drink has entered the bloodstream, the vessels are narrowed. This leads to the fact that blood, on the contrary, is becoming more difficult to circulate. Therefore, a person always does not feel very well after drinking a large amount of alcohol. It’s hard to feel good when the pressure is high.
As we see, pressure and alcohol are closely related. After eating one, the second changes. However, the above does not mean that you should drink alcohol – and then blood pressure will drop, even if it was elevated. Pressure and alcohol, of course, are interconnected, but in addition to lowering the first small dose of alcoholic beverages, another thing will happen – your heart rate will increase. And this may already lead to tachycardia. Blood will be ejected faster, but with reduced strength, because blood circulation in the limbs will be impaired. So drinking alcohol is basically not recommended. The pressure will be high after it or not high – it is clear that a person will feel worse in comparison with a situation in which he would not drink strong drinks in principle. Perhaps you should not use them if it is important for you that everything is good with your health.