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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.
There is increasing evidence that moderate alcohol consumption may bring some health benefits, but it is far clearer that alcohol misuse is linked to a host of medical problems including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and cirrhosis, as well as oral, gastrointestinal and breast cancer. As a result, it is still considered one of the leading causes of preventable death.

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