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Even Science Agrees, Drinking Wine Every Night Is Not A Bad Habit

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Go ahead, embrace your inner Olivia Pope.

Some nights, I like to have a glass of wine to relax after a long day of work.

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Other nights, I like to have a glass of wine to relax after a long glass of wine.

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We’ve all been there — you roll out of bed and drag yourself to your job, spend 8+ hours sitting behind a desk, and spend another hour stuck in traffic commuting home.

Then you have to take care of your kids. Or your furbabies. Or maybe just those succulents you can’t manage to keep alive (good thing you don’t have kids).

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Once you’re done pretending to be an adult with real responsibilities, all you want to do is pull an Olivia Pope.

Open a bottle of cabernet. Pour wine. Drink a glass. Repeat.

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While finishing the entire bottle in one night might be a sign of dependency, having one to two 5 ounce glasses of wine might not be a bad habit after all.

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Wine is not only a great way to relax and de-stress, but it also has many potential health benefits when consumed in moderation.

Wine contains tons of antioxidants, including resveratrol found in grape skin and seeds. These antioxidants can protect the lining of blood vessels, repair cells, and reduce inflammation to help prevent heart disease and stroke.

A moderate amount of wine is also correlated with an increase in HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and a decrease in LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).

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Even better news for red wine drinkers! The health benefits of that glass of merlot or malbec include protection agains Alzheimer’s and certain types of cancer, as well as improved physical performance and muscle strength.

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It even correlates with a a higher sex drive and a lower risk of depression. (More sex would make anyone less depressed, right?)

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But don’t start binge-drinking the entire bottle just yet. These positive effects of alcohol are negated if you drink too much, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, liver damage, heart disease, and more.

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So go ahead and have that glass of pinot noir with dinner every night. Drinking wine does not just have to be a weekend-only beverage.

Anyone who tells you otherwise just doesn’t understand your science-backed love affair with vino.

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