Giving up alcohol for a month can help combat blood pressure, improve health

Moderate drinkers can see significant health benefits imposing a booze ban upon themselves for a month.  Menopausal ladies reported symptoms became more manageable without wine

Giving up alcohol for a month can help combat blood pressure, improve health
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While the benefits of heavy drinkers giving up booze are well known, researchers say even those who drink within the United Kingdom Government’s recommended 14 units a week can see notable changes in key areas of their health such as blood pressure, liver health and cancer risk.

Menopausal women in the trial also reported symptoms such as hot flushes became more manageable when they abstained.

The study was overseen by Kevin Moore, professor of hepatology and head of the alcohol liaison service at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

It follows three groups of women – so-called ‘light’ drinkers consuming up to 14 units a week (the official recommended limit), those who drank about 28 units a week (three bottles of wine a week), and heavy drinkers, consuming about 36 units a week (four bottles of wine).

At the start and end of the experiment, the women underwent tests for blood pressure, liver stiffness (a measure of liver damage) and cytokines – proteins that may be involved in the growth of cancer. The results after a month, even for ‘light’ drinkers, were astonishing.

Among the women who drank up to 14 units a week, liver stiffness reduced by on average 14 per cent, their level of cytokines by 14 per cent and systolic blood pressure – the top number that is the most important of the two readings – by 6mmHg, enough to take a reading out of the ‘high’ danger zone of 140 into safer territory.

Of the women who drank up to 28 units a week, their cytokines reduced by 36 per cent and their blood pressure fell by 9mmHg, yet their liver stiffness didn’t change.

And among the heavy drinkers, consuming about 36 units a week or more, cytokines reduced by 40 per cent, liver stiffness reduced by 15 per cent and blood pressure fell by 10mmHg on average.

One woman’s systolic blood pressure fell from 132 to 113 – taking her out of the raised zone into a very healthy reading – and having the same effect as medication prescribed for high blood pressure. Prof Moore said, “There are clearly major physiological benefits to stopping drinking alcohol.”

Not only that, but the volunteers looked healthier, slept better, felt less agitated, had lost weight and were more able to concentrate.

Not only that, but the volunteers looked healthier, slept better, felt less agitated, had lost weight and were more able to concentrate.

Source: Daily Mail