Red wine is of benefit for two major reasons:
When drunk in accordance with moderate drinking levels red wine can be good for you.
In fact, all alcohol contains 'good' cholesterol.
The scientific name for 'good' cholesterol as HDL (High Density Lipoprotein).
It is called 'good' because it reduces levels of 'bad' cholesterol.
The scientific name for 'bad' cholesterol is LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein).
This means that if you drink alcohol regularly, and at safe levels, your arteries are less likely to clot.
This benefit is not limited just to red wine, beer and white wine contain flavanoids. These also protect against artery damage and are antioxidants.
Research shows that antioxidants may protect the human body against some cancers.
So far so good but there's more........
Red wine contains more flavanoids than other alcoholic drinks plus another non-flavanioid substance called Resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a substance found in the skin of the grapes that go to make up red wine. It is also shown to prevent artery damage.
However-and this is quite a big however-the effects of Resveratrol have only been tested on mice.
The benefits of Resveratrol on humans would only be seen if a person drank the equivalent of 100 bottles of red wine.
So don't run down to the wine shop just yet.
Check out this video clip from Docshop.tv on the benefits of red wine and Resveratrol:
There is no doubt there the benefits of drinking alcohol, and red wine in particular, are generally accepted.
So there you have it. Alcohol in moderation is of benefit.
Also, if you have abstained from alcohol in the past then it would be foolhardy to start drinking just to get the benefits of drinking red wine.
The same benefits can be had from eating more fruit and vegetables (in particular red grapes).
It is always a danger to start drinking alcohol as some are more susceptible to the dangers of alcoholism than others.
I always find it strange how people try to justify their drinking by praising the health benefits of alcohol.
There are far better (and cheaper) ways to benefit your body than drinking alcohol. There is no doubt that drinking red wine has benefits.
Yet they aren't that great.
Using the health benefits of alcohol as an excuse to continue drinking or to increase drinking is pure folly.
Drinking more water, taking more exercise, eating a healthier diet are all far better for you.
Not as fun maybe.... but just don't use the excuse that the benefits of red wine or alcohol are why you drink.
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)
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