The conventional accepted wisdom is that ‘A little bit of low alcoholic red wine is good for the gut’. And this conventional wisdom is now backed by science which has in recent years through research indicated that moderate consumption of red wine indeed has health benefits.
Red wine made from crushed grapes contains resveratrol a natural antioxidant in the skin of grape.
The key point here is moderation. Some countries even give guidelines on what is deemed healthy amounts of alcohol to consume, and these guidelines are constantly revised as more studies are released. It is important to point out that what is moderate to one person can be that bit too much for another person. So, even where there maybe guidelines provided as to what may be deemed moderate alcohol consumption, the most responsible think to really do is know your own consumption limit.
It is also a known fact that moderate drinking can increase leading to heavy drinking with time depending on personal circumstances and susceptibility to alcoholism. At such a point, alcohol becomes a major problem to personal, family and overall social health.
It then becomes critical to balance between possible health benefits of alcohol and known side effects of uncontrolled consumption. Scientists and lay people in the remotest parts of the earth have confirmed that alcoholism can negatively affect a person’s health. Health problems can be immediate, intermediate and long-term. Consider the following:
Mayo Clinic Beyond Hangovers – Understanding alcohol’s impact on your health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
NIH Alcohol’s Effects on the Body
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