I've was heavy drinker for the last 10 years. It was very unusual for me to go a day without drinking. I work as a chef, so drinking after work kind of comes with the territory. I would be hungover most days, but by the time I would have to work again (nightshift) I would be fine to work. I was also smoking weed every day. One night I was just sitting watching TV when I felt out of breath and dizzy. I couldn't sleep that night and it felt like my heart was beating out of my chest. I went to the doctor the next morning. He said it was probably a panic or anxiety attack, although I'd never experienced them before. He ran all the usual tests just to rule out a heart attack. Turns out I had high blood pressure. My readings were consistently high over the next three weeks, so he recommended medication. I did some thinking and decided I didn't want to be taking pills for the rest of my life, I asked him if there was anything I could do to lower it naturally. No big surprise here, quit smoking and drinking. At first I thought there was no way I would ever give up alcohol. Weed maybe, but alcohol was too much a part of my life, especially socially. But I'm going to try it, week one is down, I feel bored as hell and still can't sleep. Hopefully week 2 is easier!