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Does excessive drinking cause hypertension and is it curable?

I'm taking losartan potassium (50 mg). I'm 34 years old. My pressure has been high for over a year maybe two. I didn't tell my doctor I think its because I drink everyday . I've been drinking alcohol since I was 12. I don't believe I have liver damage yet. I was to embarassed to confess this problem. How long do I have to take this medication? I haven't taken a drink since I started the drug. Is this hypertension curable?
Tue, 22 Mar 2016
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Hello ,
Excessive alcohol can cause increase in the blood pressure, and moderation in the same would help to overall improve your health .
I am happy that you have been able to abstain from it since on medication ,do continue the same and be strong willed about leaving alcohol .
The medication losartan is appropriate to control the blood pressure for time being .
If you achieve ideal weight , consider 45 mins of aerobic exercise daily and cut salt in your diet to less than 2-3 Gms a day , there is a fair chance that your blood pressure problem will be reversed.
Let me know if any furthur clarification needed and I would be happy to help.
Regards Dr Priyank Mody
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