What are potential health benefits of red wine?
Because red wine contains several antioxidants called polyphenols, drinking it in moderation may have some health benefits.
Polyphenols include compounds such as resveratrol, catechins, anthocyanins, tannins, and catechin, which may:
- Promote heart health
- Regulate blood cholesterol
- Help relieve stress and elevate mood
- May promote longevity
- Protect from inflammatory diseases such as arthritis
- Improve focus
Despite these potential benefits, drinking wine is not necessary to get the benefits of polyphenols or flavonoids. These compounds are also found in red grapes, nuts, and blueberries, which also contain fiber and essential minerals and vitamins.
What are potential dangers of drinking wine every day?
For many people, there is often a slippery slope from moderate drinking to binge drinking. Over time, binge drinking can turn into extremely heavy drinking and then alcohol dependency. If your alcohol consumption seems to increase day after day, it’s important to consider cutting down.
According to The Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) study that analyzed levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries from 1990-2016, alcohol has risks even if consumed moderately:
- Alcohol was the seventh leading cause of death and disability worldwide in 2016. For people between ages 15-49, alcohol was the top risk factor for death and disability, and the cause of death in older adults was cancer due to alcohol consumption.
- Some protective effects related to light drinking (less than one drink a day) were seen; however, benefits were limited to certain groups under certain conditions.
Other studies have also shown that alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of cancer, liver diseases, heart diseases, high blood pressure, gastritis, pancreatitis, and diabetes.