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.
2. 2018: The Lancet
Research published in a 2018 Lancet issue found that drinking five glasses of wine a week was the estimated threshold for most people to avoid a higher risk of stroke, heart failure, or death. Drinking high levels of alcohol were comparable to the health effects of smoking. Consuming more wine than the recommended five glasses a week could even reduce life expectancy by roughly two years.
1. Is Wine Good or Bad for You?
Is drinking one glass of wine each day good or bad for you? You probably already know the answer. Johns Hopkins Medicine encourages people to avoid high alcohol consumption due to adverse health effects like obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure. When drinking alcohol, it’s best consumed in moderation or in small amounts. As with most things in life, too much of a good thing can turn out to be bad.