Increased endothelium-dependent vascular relaxation in ethanol-fed rats.

We investigated the mechanism underlying increased relaxation of aortic strips to acetylcholine in rats chronically treated with ethanol. Rats were divided into three groups and maintained on liquid diets containing ethanol (35% of total calories) as the ethanol-fed group or an equicaloric volume of sucrose instead of ethanol as the sucrose-fed group for 10… CONTINUE READING