Health Benefits of Wine
The health benefits of wine are somewhat unclear. The latest evidence suggests that it may help your heart. What is also clear is that drinking in moderation is the key to wine being healthy and not harmful.
All of the studies have concluded that to reap the benefits of wine you must drink with moderate consumption: one drink per day for a women and up to two drinks per day for a men. Men are allowed more because they are generally larger in size and they metabolize wine differently then women. A glass is considered to be no more than five (5) ounces. the evidence is pretty strong that if you keep to these amounts alcohol can contribute positively to heart health.
A study from 2003 found that men who were moderate drinkers were 30-35 percent likely to have a heart attack than those who did not drink at all. The results of a long running Nurses’ Health Study showed that moderate drinking reduced the risk of heart disease by 23 percent.
Their are also risks related to even moderate drinking. A small increased risk of cancer for the general population and for women a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. It is clear that once drinking goes beyond moderate level that the cardiac benefits become outweighed by the health risks. Higher levels of alcohol intake are liked to increases in heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and various types of cancer.
The much touted resveratrol (antioxidant) in red wine has not been shown to provide any clear benefit. Most studies are inconclusive as to its benefits.
As long as you only drink one to two ( if you are a man) glasses of wine per day the health risks associated with alcohol consumption are small.