8. Limit Alcohol
In small amounts, some forms of alcohol such as red wine are healthy. It can even lower your blood pressure levels by up to four milligrams of mercury if consumed in moderation. But drinking large amounts of alcohol, including more than one drink per day for women and men over the age of sixty-five, or more than two drinks for men under the age of sixty-five, may increase blood pressure by several points. Alcohol may also comprise many blood pressure medications.