Is there anything behind the belief that the type of alcohol you choose is indicative of your personality? Drinking wine is often referred to as the way classy people get wasted. It is the so-called “pedigree” of alcohols.
Maybe you just don’t think you’re the “wine type.” You don’t know anything about Hemingway or Beckett. Your pjs are made of flannel, not silk. You don’t own a variety of good cheeses and you’re not fluent in French. You still pepper your speech with the word “like.” Maybe you’re more the green tea type, or the beer type, or even just the milk and cookies type. Definitely not the wine type.
However, in recent years, there is a new characteristic assigned to wine drinkers, and that is ‘healthy’. So, if you consider yourself the “healthy type,” a nightly glass of wine may not be such an unthinkable option for you. Perhaps, if you have a look at the benefits of wine you will revise your opinion.
Good for Your Memory
Research shows that women in their 70s who drank wine every day scored better on memory tests than those who did not. Wine reduces the inflammation of blood vessels and prevents blood clots linked to heart problems and loss of cognitive skills. Red wine and alcohol, in general, can also help unclog arteries by raising good cholesterol.
Good for Your Waistline
If you drink wine daily, there is a chance you have lower abdominal fat and a slimmer waist than liquor drinkers and a body mass lower than those who drink wine less regularly, studies say. Alcohol has been credited with the ability to keep your body burning calories for 90 minutes after drinking a glass.
Good for your Immune System
A British study showed that people who drank a glass of wine daily reduced their risk of contracting a bacteria that causes gastritis, stomach cancer, and ulcers by 11%. A Spanish study found that a half a glass can present food poisoning, like salmonella.
Good for Your Ovaries
Australian research found that the daily glass of vino can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 50%. Scientists credit the antioxidants in the wine the ability to prevent cancer. A separate study done by the University of Michigan, found a red wine compound was able to kill cells from ovarian cancer when combined in a test tube.
Good for Your Bones
Wine has been shown to increase bone mass in female wine drinkers by boosting estrogen levels and slowing the deterioration of bones.
Good for Your Blood Sugar Level
Results of a study conducted by Harvard Medical School, women who drink a glass of red each day are 40% less likely to develop type two diabetes than those who don’t. Researchers hypothesize that this is a result of wine’s ability to reduce resistance to insulin.
Thinking about changing your type? Don’t worry. There is no proven link between drinking a glass of wine daily and the ability to look more beautiful. (Not as of yet, at least.) However, some of the other side effects have been supported and seem much more attractive. It can be your little secret.