Health Benefits of Drinking Wine


Every year, there is a flurry of headlines about the health benefits of wine. But can drinking wine really make a difference? Here are some of the latest studies.


These health benefits come from moderate wine consumption, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day.


1.   Promotes Longevity:  Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinkers.   Source: A Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.


2.   Reduce Heart-Attack Risk:  Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than non-drinkers.   Source: A 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.


3.   Lowers Risk of Heart Disease:  Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more of these compounds than other wines.   Source: A study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.


4.   The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:   Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than non-drinkers of developing Type-2 Diabetes.   Source: Research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.


5.    Lowers Risk of Stroke:   The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol.   Source: A Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.


6.    Cuts Risk of Cataracts:    Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than non-drinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer.   Source: A study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.


7.    Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer:   Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent.   Source: A Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.


8.    Slows Brain Decline:    Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in non-drinkers than in moderate drinkers.   Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.


9.    A great way to spend some time with friends and enjoying favourite food dishes or just an after dinner treat after a long day of work . . . a great way to unwind.  Source: Ingersoll Water & Wine, 2012.