Dr. Yeargin, is it good for me?
Most people have heard reports in recent years about the positive effects red wine is supposed to have on our health. But what exactly is it good for, and how much is a good thing?
The consumption rate that is most beneficial is one drink for women and a maximum of two drinks for men per day (this is 5 ounces of red wine that contains about 12% alcohol). Studies show that drinking red wine before or during the evening meal is associated with the strongest reduction in adverse cardiovascular outcomes.
This light to moderate consumption has been shown to be associated with decreased risks for coronary artery disease, total mortality, diabetes mellitus, stroke, and congestive heart failure.
Studies have shown that light red wine consumption decreased overall mortality when compared to absentee or those who departed from this drinking pattern.
Remember, however, that high levels of alcohol consumption are associated with increased cardiovascular risk, reversible hypertension, and increased risk of stroke. As well as being a frequent cause of atrial fibrillation and the third leading cause of premature death in the US (only behind smoking and obesity). Once you take that third drink for the night, you may be doing more harm than good!
Remember that for the full health benefits of red wine, be sure to drink the recommended amount. If you are someone who does not consume alcohol, it may be best not to start. The risks associated with drinking may outweigh the benefits in certain cases.
This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
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