About a decade ago, drinking one glass of wine every day was almost as good as an apple a day—it supposedly kept the doctor away. The perception is that the resveratrol in red wine helps prevent the development of blood clots and manage cholesterol levels.
4. Red Wine: The French Paradox
The belief that red wine keeps heart disease from forming grew in popularity due to a 1980s case study regarding France’s drinking culture. Called “The French Paradox”, the theory was that unhealthy results from the French’s eating habits — which is high in fats and cheeses — were mitigated by their high red wine consumption. For people who enjoy a glass of Merlot with their dinner, the French Paradox was a great reason to justify their guilty pleasure.
Unfortunately, recent studies might just burst their wine bubbles. Here are two studies that might have wine drinkers changing their habits.
3. 2021: European Heart Journal
A recent study published in the European Heart Journal evaluated 108,000 participants. Study results indicated that participants who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol — even just one glass a day — had a higher risk of abnormal heartbeats. The more alcohol the participants consumed, the higher their risk for irregular heartbeats became. These abnormal heartbeats, also known as atrial fibrillation, can eventually lead to heart failure if not treated.