The Mayo Clinic reports that 2-3 drinks will temporarily rise blood pressure but binge drinking commonly associated with the collegiate population can lead to long-term increases.
Moderate drinking is generally considered to be:
- Two drinks a day for men younger than age 65
- One drink a day for men age 65 and older
- One drink a day for women of any age
A drink is 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits.
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