Science proves why you shouldn’t ditch your drinking habits this New Year.
1. Wine Protects the Heart
A Kaiser Permanente study revealed that men who drink two 5 ounce glasses of wine a day died from heart disease at a lower rate (6.3%) than non-drinkers (8.6%), but heavy drinkers died at double the rate (12.7%). This is because the antioxidants (polyphenols) in the wine help increase the good (HDL) cholesterol preventing buildup. So don’t ditch the wine – drinking moderately protects your heart.
2. Wine Protects the Brain and Raises Your IQ
The New England Medical Journal studied women ages 70-81 and found that moderate drinkers scored higher than non-drinkers on mental function tests. They found an increase in brainpower with one drink per day and a 23 percent decrease in mental disease compared with non-drinkers. They also found a lowered risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke and blood clots. The reasoning is that the polyphenols from the wine help relax blood vessels and promote better circulation. Unsurprisingly, a 2001 Danish Study comparing wine and beer drinkers found that wine drinkers on average have 18 IQ points higher than beer drinkers. There you go – drinking wine does make you smarter.
3. Wine Saves Marriages
A study by the Journals of Gerontology found that older couples that shared the same drinking habits stayed together and were happier than couples with differing drinking habits. Sharing wine together allows couples to experience things similarly. Yes, wine saves marriages and makes you happier.
I’ll drink to that!
Lindsay Pomeroy is Owner and Chief Wine Educator (CWE) of The Wine Smarties founded in 2006. They are San Diego County’s first wine education company and Lindsay Pomeroy is the first and exclusive instructor for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and French Wine Scholar (FWS) in San Diego county. WineSmarties.com