Health Benefits of Moderate Wine Drinking

Updated by Jim Deckebach

Wine social scene Over the course of time civilizations have consumed red wine, and for a variety of different reasons. Dating back as late as the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, wine has been an important part of our global culture. The consumption of wine has been linked to celebration, rituals, and even for certain medicinal purposes. Early civilizations recognized the importance of moderation and the use of wine and grape juice for the promotion of good health.

Recently, medical professionals and academics have once again begun to explore the health benefits of consuming white and red wines; with the primary focus being on red wine varietals, due to the inclusion of resveratrol which provides health benefits. Studies have been conducted to show a correlation between red wine and breast cancer prevention, prostate cancer prevention, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's, among others. One of the key principles in many of these studies is the need for consumption in moderation. Red wine, when consumed in moderation, has shown to have a wide range of long-term health benefits.

The following resources provide further information about the health benefits of wine consumption.

While moderate drinking appears to offer some impressive health benefits, excessive drinking can be deadly. Please use caution and drink wine responsibly.


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