Cardiovascular Health
Heart Rate

Does drinking alcohol increase a persons resting heart rate?

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2009-05-09 05:52:21

Yes, alcohol is a vasodilator - it makes the peripheral blood

vessels relax to allow more blood to flow through the skin and

tissues, which results in a drop in blood pressure. In order to

maintain sufficient blood flow to the organs, the heart rate

increases. Your breathing rate may also speed up.

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