Wine is rich in history, its culture is particular (knowing your terms is a big deal), and whether it is paired with food or enjoyed alone, it tastes fantastic. Yes, red wine has stolen the hearts of many, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for your health.
Over the years, studies have linked red wine to possibly preventing cancer, aging, and dementia. Unfortunately, we’re sad to say that recent studies may have found otherwise. In fact, recent studies have shown that red wine may actually be bad for you.
Until now, a common conception was when consumed in moderation, alcohol — wine in particular — could provide many health benefits, including the prevention of things like diabetes and liver disease. However, a recent study by the University College London found patients who gave up drinking for four weeks increased liver function, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. In addition, a report by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has found that there really is no such thing as a “safe level” of alcohol consumption. Yes, a glass of wine won’t kill you, but apparently, it won’t help you either.
Because of these studies, doctors are now recommending you stay off the hooch all together. Like many things — or arguably, everything — in life, balance is the key. A few drinks a week is fine, but if you’re sipping on the vino to try to make yourself look younger, improve your memory, or prevent yourself from getting cancer, you may want to reconsider.