Red wine's BP-lowering reputation down the drain

Women who believe a glass of wine is good for heart health should think again — an Australian study has busted that myth and shows that red wine raises, rather than lowers, blood pressure.

In the first prospective intervention study to assess the effects of alcohol on blood pressure specifically in women, Perth researchers have shown that a couple of glasses of wine a day raises blood pressure by 2.3/1.3mmHg, compared with non-alcoholic wine.