LIMIT ALCOHOL USE
Heavy drinking and binge drinking are risk factors for high blood pressure and for stroke. If you drink, it is important not to drink more than 1-2 drinks a day, up to a weekly total of 9 for women and 14 for men.
One drink is equal to:
one 341 mL (12 oz) bottle of 5% beer
one 142 mL (5 oz) glass of 12% wine
one 43 mL (1-1/2 oz) shot of 40% spirits
For some elderly people, 2 drinks a day may be too much to be considered low risk. And some people should not drink at all. Talk with your doctor to see if it is safe for you to drink alcohol. If you have a balance disorder or seizures, you should not drink any alcohol. Alcohol also interacts with many medications. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist.