Harvard Men's Health Watch

On call: Alcohol, hypertension, and heart attacks

I am a 57-year-old man. I understand that moderate drinking may help me avoid a heart attack. But I've been diagnosed with hypertension, and I was told that alcohol can raise my blood pressure and stress my heart. So is drinking likely to help or harm me?
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