Drinking wine with dinner daily or just having your daily glass of wine to keep the soul warm may seem like a good idea when you are at the store, standing in the wine section. Is it OK to drink a glass of wine a day? Daily consumption of one glass of wine a day has been argued to be a good thing for your health, but some studies have found that wine’s daily consumption may also be damaging for you.
According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), the amount of wine considered as a serving size of wine or one drink is 5 ounces of 12% alcohol by volume. Red wine is usually the most discussed wine because of its many benefits. Well, in this article, we’ll show you five benefits and side effects of drinking wine daily.
5 benefits of drinking wine every day:
- Red wine has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and lipid regulating effects that help keep the body safe by fighting inflammation, decrease blood pressure, increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL), prevent loss of vision, and reduce the risk of cancer.
- A study done in 2019 reported that drinking a moderate amount of red wine has been associated with a reduced chance of coronary heart disease (CHD). This heart disorder is considered one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
- It improves your gut health. According to the American Gastroenterology Journal, studies reveal that a moderate intake of wine enhances the gut due to the presence of polyphenols, which are natural chemicals with antimicrobial qualities. Polyphenols boost the normal healthy gut flora and fight off any foreign bacteria, such as preventing Helicobacter pylori’s growth.
- It decreases the cardiometabolic risk in people with type 2 diabetes. A study done in 2015 proved that a modest amount of red wine with dinner is enough to get this benefit.
- Resveratrol in wine has been shown to protect the brain after a stroke or a central nervous system injury.
5 side effects of drinking wine every day:
- Increase the risk of depression. A 2013 study showed that people who drank heavily (more than seven glasses of wine) per week had increased their risk of depression. Those who drank between 2 – 7 glasses had a lower risk of depression.
- Liver damage. It is no news that overconsumption of alcohol leads to eventual liver damage. Drinking more wine than the recommended amount can lead to permanent damage to your liver.
- Early death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 10 adult deaths in people between the ages of 20 – 64 is related to excessive alcohol consumption. Between 2006 – 2010, excess alcohol led to 88,000 deaths in the United States.
- Pancreatitis. Since wine consumption may be good for some of your organs, it is bad for your pancreas.
- Alcohol poisoning and alcohol addiction. Wine is comforting and may calm your nerves when you are stressed, but it is also addictive. Alcohol addiction is a very expensive and damaging disorder to have, so be conscious of your alcohol consumption.
Drinking the recommended amount of wine has been proven beneficial to health, but going above that can lead to other problems.