Wine’s Actual Impact on Health

When it comes to wine, the health community often can’t decide where they stand. Some people seem to think that wine can help you improve your health by an enormous amount and can ensure a long, happy, healthy and prosperous life. Others think of wine as the literal devil, a poison that will rot you from the inside out and often attack the fact that certain people seem to think that wine is actually good for you in some way. Much like in everything else, neither of these extremes are correct per se. Rather, they both represent a facet of the psyche of human beings when it comes to wine, but if you truly want to know the impact that wine could potentially end up having on your health you should think about these things.

One thing you need to realize is that often the studies that are conducted on wine consumption are rather inaccurate because of the fact that making people consume alcohol for studies is an ethical grey area that many researchers tend to avoid. That being said, there has been some data collection that can help us better understand how drinking wine can impact our health. We can first start off by ascertaining the impact it could have on our overall lifespans.

A recently conducted study posited that drinking a glass of wine a day could increase your chances of an early death by two percent. This is a pretty insignificant amount so it’s fair to say that you could very well do this without having to worry too much. Two drinks a day can increase your chances of an early death by a whopping 20% though, and three drinks a day by 45%. Judging by this data, too much wine can sharply increase your chances for an early death.

All of that being said, the data in this study does have some problems. For example, ex wine drinkers apparently have a forty percent chance of an early death as well. This number makes it seem like there was a problem during the data collection process.

Another study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seemed to support the idea that the less you drink the better. They seem to agree that the best amount of alcohol that you could drink on a daily basis is none at all. However, if you take into account various other factors and try to weigh the relative risk as opposed to the absolute risk you will see that a glass of wine a day really won’t make that much of a difference. While it’s not exactly amazing for your health, it’s no worse than too much salt or fat or anything else that you are not consuming in moderation. The single biggest key to being healthy is doing anything and everything in moderation. This more than anything else is what will allow you to live a long and healthy life for the rest of your days.