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How does alcohol consumption affect overall health?

Drinking alcohol can cause many health problems, including these:
  • Over time, heavy drinking can damage your heart and raise your blood pressure.
  • Alcohol can keep your blood pressure medication from working well.
  • Calories in alcohol can cause weight gain, which is another high blood pressure risk factor.
This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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