Does beer raise blood pressure?

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One of the most common questions I get asked as a beer expert is “Does beer raise blood pressure?” It’s a valid question, and one that I’m happy to answer. But before we get into that, let’s first understand what blood pressure is and how it works.

Your blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. The higher your blood pressure, the harder your heart has to work to pump blood through your body. Over time, high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems like heart disease and stroke.

Now that we know a little bit more about blood pressure, let’s get back to the original question—does beer raise blood pressure?

The answer is yes…and no. It all depends on a few different factors. For example, if you’re somebody who doesn’t usually drink alcohol, then even just one beer can cause your blood pressure to rise. That’s because alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you urinate more frequently. When you urinate, you expel not only water but also electrolytes like sodium and potassium. This can lead to dehydration, which in turn can cause your blood pressure to rise.

On the other hand, if you’re somebody who drinks alcohol regularly, then you’re less likely to see a significant increase in blood pressure after having a beer or two. That’s because your body becomes more efficient at processing alcohol over time. In fact, moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to lower blood pressure in some people.

So there you have it—the answer to the question “Does beer raise blood pressure?” is both yes and no. It all depends on how much you drink, how often you drink, and whether or not you’re used to drinking alcohol. If you have any concerns about how drinking might affect your blood pressure, be sure to talk to your doctor. Cheers!

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Carla Lauter was the founder of The Beer Babe and has been a beer blogger and expert for several decades. She's been interviewed in beer publications and podcasts about her favorite brews and the craft brewing scene. While she's ceased her involvement with The Beer Babe, her legacy remains in the various reviews and articles she has written.