Red Wine And Behavioral Health: Is There A Connection?




Wine drinkers have always thought that complementing their dinners with some bittersweet wine is good for them. However, studies and clinical trials have recently emerged, showing different results that have caused them to be confused. One that surprised wine drinkers was the suggestion that drinking red wine contributed to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. There was also an outcome showing that it had little or no effect on the heart. Still, there was overwhelming evidence that regularly drinking wine in moderation improves physical and behavioral health, to the point that people think it’s safe to stop the counseling they get from platforms like BetterHelp when they start loving wine.

Let us enlighten you more by giving you a clearer explanation of how wine drinking benefits you.


Before Anything…

Just before we get to the topic of the health benefits of red wine, let’s concentrate on the SIZE. Measuring the correct pour size for your wine is difficult. Some of us love to drink from giant wine glasses, but experts agree that using oversized glasses can’t be considered the appropriate pour. Note that the term “alcoholic” places the problem within the person, not within the nature of the drug.” Sara Nash, PhD, LMHC elaborates.

So what is the proper pour? Generally, it is a five-ounce pour. That is what is meant by moderate drinking, one that is considered as healthy drinking. It is one glass daily for women and two for men. Sad, right? But these are the facts.

Now that we’ve done a little explanation, you can pour yourself a glass and read about the many ways that red wine benefits your physical, mental, and behavioral health.


Benefit #1. It reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Drinking wine – or any type of alcohol for that matter – in moderation, prevents blood clotting. It’s sort of a blood thinner that breaks clots that may lead to stroke. The components of wine that act as a blood thinner are phenols and resveratrol, which are found in grape skins.

When it comes to preventing cardiovascular disease, that is the job of the procyanidins, phenols that help neutralize free radicals that abound our bodies. These substances have shown to be very effective in reducing the risk of heart disease.

However, the effects of heavy drinking are the total opposite, resulting in a higher likelihood of heart attacks. Of course, the lesson here is for every good thing, always do or take it in moderation.


Benefit #2. The wine has antioxidants that fight free radicals.

Free radicals are the culprit of cancer. These horrible diseases could be alleviated or prevented by drinking wine regularly. It is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals that stay in the body. But contrary to common belief, white wine is better than red in this circumstance. This was proven by a study performed in Barcelona University, where the scientists found that white wine had as many phenols and antioxidants than red wine, if not more.


Benefit #3. It lowers cholesterol.

If you’ve been having problems with your cholesterol and you’re looking for a healthy diet plan, perhaps you can start with cereal in the morning and a light dinner with your glass of wine at night. It’s because the procyanidins that are in red wine not only improves heart health but also reduces cholesterol.

Another component in wine, which is also effective in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL), is resveratrol. Thus, it goes to say that wine does benefit blood pressure. So you can relax with one glass in the evening to help with that too.


Benefit #4. It helps to decrease the risk of depression and anxiety.

“Depression and anxiety are an example of the way our body speaks to us.” –Stacy Donn Cristo, LMHC

Although the problem of alcohol consumption is increasing all over the world, moderate drinking has ironically shown to provide relaxation of the body and mind. Several experts have suggested that drinking the appropriate amount of wine a day ‘keeps the psychiatrist away.’ A sample trial composed of 10 individuals who consumed a few glasses of red wine per week claimed to have felt an improvement in their physical and mental health. They also said that they were less tense and were having an easier time sleeping at night, as opposed to those who drank too much alcohol.


Benefit #5. It affects the immune system positively.

Like your daily vitamins, drinking wine regularly could boost your immune system, helping the body to get rid of infections. As always, you should not get carried away and drink too much alcohol as this can lead to severe negative effects, which will defeat the purpose of drinking red wine for your immune system.


Benefit #6. It enhances cognitive function and promotes longevity.

A great fact about wine is that it is food for the brain. Consuming one glass has proven to enhance one’s cognitive function, owing to the chemicals found in the red wine that keep the neurons from dying. Thus, it has also shown to protect the brain from developing dementia and slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. But do remember: This is only possible for those who drink red wine MODERATELY, not in excess.



Finally, one of the most powerful substances found in wine – reservatrol – was found to stimulate a protein that serves as an anti-aging supplement. Truly, there is something enchanted in drinking a glass of wine that lengthens one’s life. That is reservatrol.

“Psychologically speaking, alcoholism has less to do with “how much” someone is drinking, and more to do with what happens when they drink.” –Cynthia Mascott, LMHC

So if you’re looking for your little way of improving your health mentally and physically, do yourself a favor and pour some wine on your glass. Make a toast to better health!



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