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Now following advice to reduce alcohol to lower blood pressure

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For sample adults who were ever advised by a doctor or other health professional to cut down on alcohol use to lower their high blood pressure (HYPALCADV), and who ever followed such advice (HYPALCFOL), HYPALCNOW reports responses to the follow-up question, "Are you now following this advice?"
Only sample adults who were ever told that they had high blood pressure (except only during pregnancy) (HYPERTENEV and HYPPREG) were asked about medical advice they had received about lowering their blood pressure.

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According to the 2003 Field Representative's Manual, these questions were part of a supplement on heart disease and stroke sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This supplement was "meant to assess whether a person has received advice from his or her doctor as to how to control high blood pressure, whether the person is currently following that advice, and whether that person has ever followed that advice."

Additional questions included in this supplement address receiving and following advice to make other behavioral changes to lower blood pressure, specifically:

Changing one's diet

Reducing salt intake
Taking prescription medication


There are no comparability problems for HYPALCNOW.


  • 1990: Sample persons age 18+ who were ever told they had high blood pressure not related to pregnancy, who were ever told to cut down on alcohol because of their high blood pressure, and who ever followed that advice.
  • 1998; 2003; 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who were ever told they had high blood pressure not related to pregnancy (or for whom it is unknown whether their high blood pressure was pregnancy-related) and who have ever been advised to cut down on alcohol use because of high blood pressure and have ever followed such advice.


  • 1990, 1998, 2003, 2008