Are you consdering doing Dry January with your besties?
Here are seven reasons to keep drinking that even they can’t argue with.
Before we dive in, let’s clarify a few things.
Nearly all of the studies behind these points are based on “light to moderate” intake of red wine, and also regular consumption.
Obviously this means no one is recommending finishing off a bottle every night, but I think it’s also important to note that having a glass once a year is not going to produce any benefits.
So what the hell is moderation?
By “moderate intake”, we are generally referring to 22-23g of alcohol. Obviously the labels don’t include grams, but figuring out the alcohol gram content is pretty easy.
Feel free to skip this part if you don’t care.
If you have a bottle that is 13% vol, that means you have 13ml of alcohol per 100ml wine.
General alcohol density regardless of type is 0.8g per ml.
So 13% = 13ml alcohol per 100ml wine = 13 x 0.8
= 10.4g / 100ml
That would be around 220ml for 23g alcohol with 13% wine.
So yes, more than a glass.
Maybe even two small ones.
#1 Reduced risk of death from nearly all causes:
Let’s start off with the biggest reason: moderate daily intake of red wine has a protective effect on all-cause mortality.
Yes, I said daily.
This is based on French research studies (shocker).
Thankfully there are studies from Finland, Denmark and the UK to back it up, because no one should trust the French to promote wine.
But they’re not wrong.
#2 Decreases effect of smoking
I swear I’m not making this up.
Obviously we all know smoking isn’t healthy, but more than that, it is actually considered a stimulant. Acute smoking has a significant effect on your blood vessels, messing with their ability to relax.
Red wine, however, has the opposite effect. With or without alcohol, red wine relaxes your blood vessels, lymph vessels and heart, thereby decreasing the effect of smoking.
You are so welcome.
#3 Heart disease:
Ok, so this one is obviously old news for any wine lover.
We’ve probably all used this as an argument at some point, exclaiming “Wine is healthy! It actually reduces risk of heart disease!”
Well, it’s true. Red wine reduces the production of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and boosts high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
#4 Blood clots
Gross, I know. But red wine actually prevents blood clots by reducing the protein fibrinogen, which promotes clot formation.
So wine is basically “anticlotting”.
Ew, I’m gonna stop saying clot now.
Back to the whole blood vessel situation, this Atherosclerosis stuff is basically the long term effect where your blood vessels lose their ability to relax. Again, red wine has the polyphenols and alcohol that promote a relaxing factor (formation of nitrine oxide), maintaining healty vessels.
#6 Kidney Stones
You probably guessed it, red wine reduces the risk of kidney stone formation. I actually don’t know much about this, but then again I drink wine so I don’t need to know.
#7 Alzheimer’s disease
Again, red wine has polyphenols that protect you from alot of shit. More specifically it contains the type resveratrol which produces neruoprotective effect, reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s.