by Susan Schachter January 04, 2024 2 min read
More than one or two drinks in one sitting temporarily creates a rapid rise in your blood pressure. If you already have high BP, this rapid rise could cause a stroke.
Unsurprisingly, repeated binge drinking can create long-term elevations of BP. According to the CDC, binge drinking is defined by a person having a blood alcohol level of .08% or more, which usually corresponds to 5 or more servings on a single occasion for men and 4 or more on a single occasion for women, generally within 2 hours. That could be the equivalent of 2 cocktails!
What is one serving of alcohol?
What is drinking in moderation?
Most of us don't realize that bars and restaurants pour heavy, it's not unusual for a glass of wine to contain 1.5 servings or a cocktail to contain 3 servings. When drinking at home, the typical wine glass is larger than it used to be in which it creates an optical illusion that you need to pour more.
*NOTE: This should be counted per day, not averaged over the course of a week.
As you might know, lots of people make it their New Year’s Resolution to give up alcohol for the month of January. However, if you’re one of these people who partakes in dry January, you might be wondering “are there any benefits beyond month?” or “what if I don’t do an entire month?”
In a 2018 study by the University of Sussex in England, these questions drove the research. Results showed that in the months following the study, on average, the amount of alcohol consumption decreased. While these results were slightly lower for those that didn’t complete the entire month, they too experienced the benefits of abstaining from alcohol.
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