Is Red Wine REALLY Good For You? A Cardiologist Explains

There is much debate over whether alcohol, and red wine in particular, are good for you. I do enjoy a glass of red with my dinner so I was quiet pleased to read this balanced article on the health effects of red wine by cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn. In the article he lists 6 things that you need to know about red wine and health. It would seem that there is a sweet spot on how much you should drink for red wine to have beneficial health effects. The article also notes that if you are not careful you can end up on a slippery slope…

Having read the article I will no longer worry about enjoying a glass or red wine with my meal in the evenings!

What do you think?

Many people, myself included, count wine as one of the joys in life. Cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, zinfandel, nebbiolo, sangiovese, cannonau … the list goes on and many seem like dear friends. We all know that there’s a line between enjoying some wine and suffering the terrible consequences of alcoholism, but where do you draw that line? Do you have a second, third or fourth glass? Do you drink regularly? As I have to counsel patients on these questions, and deal with my own oenophilia, I turned to science for some answers.

To understand the connection between wine consumption and health, it helps to have an appreciation of the U-shaped curve in medicine. Many aspects of our health can be described by a U-shaped curve, which is the idea that too much or too little of a behavior can be unhealthy, and the sweet spot (at the base of the U), is where you tend to have optimal results. This is true for blood sugar, blood pressure, how much you exercise, and how much you drink.

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