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Moderate Alcohol Intake May Lower Risk of Hypertension

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Moderate alcohol consumption may reduce young women?s risk of developing hypertension, according to data published in the March 2002 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers gathered data from >70,000 women aged 25 to 42 years who did not report having hypertension at baseline in 1989. After 8 years of follow-up, the researchers found that women who drank approximately 2 to 3 drinks per week had a 15% lower risk of developing hypertension, compared with non-drinkers. However, women who drank heavily (ie, 10 to 12 drinks per week) had a 30% higher risk of developing hypertension, compared with non-drinkers. The protective effect of moderate alcohol consumption was found for beer, wine, and liquor.