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

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).

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.

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.

People who love wine often like to tout the health benefits of their favorite beverage. But are the supposed “health benefits” of wine real, or are they simply a justification for indulging? Do wine drinkers live longer? Are wine drinkers healthier than non-wine drinkers? The answer is…drumroll please…maybe. A number of studies have suggested that alcohol consumption, and wine particularly, have health benefits that lead to a longer lifespan.

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).

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

This is exactly what happens to your body when you drink a glass of red wine:

1. WARM UP

Blood vessels dilate, causing warm blood to move closer to the skin's surface.

2. HEART & HEALTH

Red wine tannins protect against heart disease and lower your risk of heart attacks.

According to cardiologist Taborsky, "Our current study shows that the combination of moderate wine drinking plus regular exercise improves markers of atherosclerosis, suggesting that this combination is protective against cardiovascular disease."

3. LOOK GOOD

Facial muscles loosen and cheeks flush with color, causing you to look more relaxed, and thus more attractive.

4. BETTER SLEEP

You enjoy better sleep — even compared to people who drank only water.

5. BURN FAT

Ellagic acid dramatically slows the growth of fat cells and lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

And according to a study published in the Journal of Physiology, "Resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do."

6. FIGHT SICKNESS

Resveratrol and other antioxidants clean your body from pesky free radicals, helping ward off illness.

According to Dr. Colin Champ, "Data revealed that when polyphenols from wine are consumed during a meal, they buffer the oxidation from stomach acid and act as antioxidants to offset the formation of free radicals within our food," Dr. Champ explained on his blog. "If we cannot always avoid the consumption of oxidizing foods, and we definitely need our stomach acid, perhaps wine provides us with a tactic to avoid this damage."

But don’t start binge-drinking the entire bottle just yet. These positive effects of alcohol are negated if you drink too much. All of the studies conducted on wine consumption emphasize that these benefits only come with moderate consumption.

Heavy drinking can lead to serious health problems including increasing the risk of high blood pressure, liver damage, heart disease, and more. Not to mention, it also causes people to do stupid things that harm their relationships and jobs, injure themselves, and endanger others.

So drink up...responsibly, that is. Have that glass of pinot noir with dinner every night guilt-free. 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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