This study assessed the effect of alcohol on blood pressure and arterial compliance over 24 h in a group of volunteers, comparing the same group of subjects on two consecutive but separate days, one with alcohol intake (alcohol day) and one free of alcohol (control day).
The researchers studied 18 healthy subjects (mean age 34.2 years, range 25-53). The subjects received the two days in random order. On the alcohol day, the subjects were asked to drink two glasses of red wine (12% ethanol) between 1830 hours and 0430 hours. Measurements of heart rate, blood pressure and QKD interval (Q wave to Korotkoff (K) sound, diastolic phase (D) using Diasys Integra (Novacor, France)) were recorded (usually 1500 hours to 1500 hours).
Three ‘ingestion’ periods were defined, from 1500 hours to 1830 hours (‘before’), 1900 hours to 0430 hours (‘during’) and from 0430 hours to the following afternoon (‘after’) on both the alcohol day and on the control day.
Red wine increased heart rate during alcohol ingestion and reduced arterial compliance after ingestion. The significant effect of interaction between day and ingestion period on heart rate, diastolic blood pressure and QKD were found, suggesting that the differences in response among the ingestion periods depended on whether alcohol has been consumed that day. These results indicate the effect of alcohol on 24 h arterial stiffness in a healthy group of volunteers.
Source: Arterial compliance may be reduced by ingestion of red wine. Fantin F, Bulpitt CJ, Zamboni M, Cheek E, Rajkumar C. Journal of Human Hypertension advance online publication, 19 March 2015.