White Wine and Hypertension Safety



Is white wine safe for people with high blood pressure?


According to the American Heart Association, heavy and regular use of alcohol can increase blood pressure dramatically. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to heart failure, stroke, high triglycerides, obesity, and irregular heartbeats.

If you have high blood pressure, limit alcohol intake to moderate consumption. Moderate consumption is defined as:

  • Two drinks daily for men

  • One drink daily for women

(One drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.)

Health benefits of white wine

White wine does contain flavonoids with antioxidant properties to protect against free radical damage which can lead to cancer, heart disease, and other adverse health conditions. Researchers in Barcelona found white wine to potentially have higher antioxidant capacity than red wine.

Wine and blood pressure

While red wine has been touted to have many heart health benefits, lowering blood pressure is not one of them. Treat red and white wine equaling when it comes to blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, consume wine in moderation.

If your blood pressure is not in control, I recommend you eliminate alcohol (including wine) completely until your blood pressure is well-managed.

Researchers in Spain did find high blood pressure benefits were connected to drinking non-alcoholic red wine. Extra emphasis on the NON-ALCOHOLIC part.

Stress relief to lower blood pressure

Chronic stress can also lead to high blood pressure. It could be argued that a glass of wine may be used to help you relax and relieve stress. However, if you don’t currently drink wine, this is not a reason to start.

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You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.

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Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN