A Case for More Alcohol: Pros and Cons of Drinking Wine

When I was a bit younger, I liked to enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. It was something I looked forward to and I rarely missed a night without it. After my child was born, I decided to go on a bit of a health kick. In an effort to be as healthy as possible, I didn’t return to this habit. Little did I know that incorporating a glass of wine into an already healthy routine might actually be good for me! After an inner celebration (don’t judge me), I decided to find out the truth about whether or not I was allowed to indulge in this favorite pastime. Read on to find out whether wine is a health do or don’t.

The Pros of a Little Wine

Recent studies into the health of regular wine drinkers found some surprising results. Those who enjoyed one glass or less daily were more likely to have lower body fat percentages and improved memory. Though this originally threw experts for a loop, the general consensus was that regular drinkers were much less likely to binge, which is where negative side effects start to occur. Other benefits of wine included healthier levels of estrogen for women and more level blood sugar levels. Of course, the most famous benefit of wine is a healthier heart. Red wine contains healthy antioxidants that are thought to protect the heart and promote healthy cell production all over the body.

The Cons of a Little Wine

Most of the cons of wine come about when a little turns into a lot. For starters, wine absolutely contains calories. If you are trying to lose weight, even a little too much wine may harm your progress. Wine is also, quite obviously, alcoholic. This means that it can bring the same negative side effects of any other alcoholic beverage, including impaired cognitive function, weight gain, and liver disease. For me, the kicker was in the wine type. All of the benefits of drinking wine seem to be specifically linked to red wine. So, if you are a white wine drinker (like me!), then the benefits may not be as pronounced, or may even be nonexistent.

The Conclusion

So, what’s the conclusion? Is wine good or bad? In truth, it seems a little bit of wine (especially red) may be beneficial to your health. Whether or not you drink it is a personal decision that must be made with you and your doctor. Do your research, weigh your options, and at least enjoy a glass of wine on occasion, mostly guilt free.

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