Should women drink a daily glass of wine?

daily red wineThe news often tells us that a daily glass of wine is good for our health. It is supposed to promote a healthy heart and decrease the risk of getting some cancers. However, how much do we really know about the daily glass of wine? Is it really good for women’s health?

NOTE – I was going to call this post ‘Women having a daily wine’ as a bit of a pun but I thought it might get me into trouble!

This post will talk about all the good and bad health issues associated with wine and then try to determine whether a daily drink is a good idea.

Should women drink a daily glass of wine?

Ever since I can remember my mom has had a glass of wine with dinner. I noticed a lot of friends also have a glass or two of red wine after work and although I don’t drink myself I wanted to do some research and see whether the daily glass of wine really is as good as its supposed to be.

This post is not intended to be a complete guide to wine and alcohol consumption. It is just a few points that you might like to consider if you are interested in whether the daily wine is good for your health. I will go through and have a look at the negativities and the benefits.

Health benefits of a daily drink

First up we should look at the health benefits that a daily drink of wine is supposed to provide. Then we will contrast these with the potential harms and see how it works out.

1. Daily glass of wine helps the heart
Studies have shown that a daily glass of wine with dinner can help you reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 40%. That is a significant number that women should pay attention to. Why? Because heart disease is the number one killer of women. Many women fear breast cancer as the top killer because it gets so much media attention but the fact of the matter is it is a heart attack that will most likely kill you. And, drinking a glass of red with dinner might prevent that.

It is not fully understood why wine helps prevent heart attacks but it is thought that it is because certain compounds in wine make your blood thinner and less likely to form clots. The numerous studies done on wine and the heart are all aligned with the fact that a daily glass with dinner can really help.

2. Can prevent cancers
The second benefit worthy of noting is that some wine is supposed to prevent certain types of cancer. As usual with this type of study the results have been mixed. Not everyone agrees that a daily wine can prevent cancers.

3. Can help relaxation
You don’t need a study to tell you that a glass of wine can be relaxing. And with the amount of physical health problems caused by stress and tension it would be fair to say that relaxation can be very good for your health.

However, using wine as a tool to relax can also create problems. We will have a look at this later in the post.

4. Reduces kidney stones in women
A harvard study has also shown that wine (amongst other beverages) can decrease the changes that a woman will get kidney stones.

Negative aspects of a daily drink

Now we should look at some negativities that are associated with drinking wine on a daily basis.

1. Excessive drinking culture
In Australia this week there has been a lot of press and media attention given to new research that is showing that Australia’s culture is too heavily dependant on alcohol. It has shown that over two million Australians are going to have brain damage or health problems due to excessive drinking.

This problem is mainly to do with young people between ages 12 and 25 who are binge drinking. As the brain is still developing at this time and alcohol consumed can have quite serious effects.

However, the problem is also about this drinking culture that Australians have adopted. While the study was focussed on Australia the problem is a universal one. Australians, Americans, British, etc. all drink for similar reasons. It might be to celebrate a special occasion, relax after work, get pumped up for a sport match, socialize with friends… we seem to need booze for everything!

This is the major negativity associated with daily drinking – habit. When one gets into the habit of drinking wine with lunch and dinner and inbetween then problems start to form. Alcohol habits are dangerous because it always leads to esculation; you need more and more to be satisfied.

So, if you HAVE to have a daily glass of wine to relax then you are already in trouble. If it has become a habit and gone beyond being a treat or a healthy activity then one needs to take a step back and assess your position.

2. Exceed two glasses per day? Expect problems.
The standard amount of alcohol women can drink per day is two medium glasses. It is said that if you stick to this (or under) amount you will reap some health benefits. If you go over, however, you can reverse all the benefits.

Drinking more than two glasses per day can lead to an increased risk of liver damage, breast cancer, stroke and alcoholism. It is interesting to note that these are some of the problems that a daily glass of wine is supposed to prevent!

It is therefore necessary to note that too much of a good thing can lead to some very serious health problems.

Conclusion
While it is clear that drinking a daily glass of wine can provide some benefits it is not without danger. This is particularly so if one has a problem with addiction or forming bad habits. The dangers of drinking more than two glasses a day seem to be more prominent than the benefits associated with drinking less.

A glass of wine a day will not be any benefit if you do not look after your body with other aspects of your diet and by exercising. Do not expect a nice red to reverse the damage you have done to your heart by eating fried foods and sitting on the couch. Like everything in health you need to take a balanced and careful approach.

About Katie

Katie has transformed her body from a flabby 186lbs, to a fit & toned 124 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. Katie joined the Lean Curves team in 2007 and has posted hundreds of articles on fitness, fat loss and healthy eating.

Comments

  1. Bella says:

    I have one glass of wine a night with dinner. Other than that I basically just drink water and Coke.

    I’m sure the benefits outweight the negatives at this level.

  2. Cheese says:

    There is breast cancer in my family (father’s side). I have one (1) glass of wine before dinner every night. Is that ok, or should I be giving it up completely?

  3. A glass of wine has alchohol, this is a hormone supressing, depressant fact. NO GLASS of wine daily is FAR better than 1 glass of wine. Wine companies only want you to believe a glass aday is good for their own sales thats all. Blueberry pie is good for me every day becasue blueberries have vitamins in them? HA, Alchohol is a poison, a depressant, and is full of sugar that causes fat storage. Go ahead and drink the wine daily, because you need a drink, don`t lie to your self, by believing marketing lies and convincing those close to you you don`t have a alchohol issue. If you WANT a drink daily its becasue you want of alchohol.
    And if this isn`t the truth, lets see you go without for 60days? Bet you lose fat, sleep better and are in a better mood in general, no joke, I`ll take the bet.
    At this point of my conversation, we both that you can`t go for 60days can you? it would mysteriously be a HUGE deal!?
    AND THATS the Truth AND an addiction my friends, its also what the alchohol companies bank on. Like MSG in fast food, nicotine in tobacco, THC in Marijauna, the human body in either mentally, physically or psycologically becomes addicted. Ever wonder how come there is no public proof saying smoking causes lung cancer? I mean comeon ……how could it not?
    Resvratrol supplements have 20 times the benifits of wine, water beats wine on all angles.

  4. A glass of wine has alchohol, this is a hormone supressing, depressant fact. NO GLASS of wine daily is FAR better than 1 glass of wine. Wine companies only want you to believe a glass aday is good for their own sales thats all. Blueberry pie is good for me every day becasue blueberries have vitamins in them? HA, Alchohol is a poison, a depressant, and is full of sugar that causes fat storage. Go ahead and drink the wine daily, because you need a drink, don`t lie to your self, by believing marketing lies and convincing those close to you you don`t have a alchohol issue. If you WANT a drink daily its becasue you want of alchohol.
    And if this isn`t the truth, lets see you go without for 60days? Bet you lose fat, sleep better and are in a better mood in general, no joke, I`ll take the bet.
    At this point of my conversation, we both that you can`t go for 60days can you? it would mysteriously be a HUGE deal!?
    AND THATS the Truth AND an addiction my friends, its also what the alchohol companies bank on. Like MSG in fast food, nicotine in tobacco, THC in Marijauna, the human body in either mentally, physically or psycologically becomes addicted. Ever wonder how come there is no public proof saying smoking causes lung cancer? I mean comeon ……how could it not?
    Resvratrol supplements have 20 times the benifits of wine, water beats wine on all angles.

  5. A glass of wine has alchohol, this is a hormone supressing, depressant fact. NO GLASS of wine daily is FAR better than 1 glass of wine. Wine companies only want you to believe a glass aday is good for their own sales thats all. Blueberry pie is good for me every day becasue blueberries have vitamins in them? HA, Alchohol is a poison, a depressant, and is full of sugar that causes fat storage. Go ahead and drink the wine daily, because you need a drink, don`t lie to your self, by believing marketing lies and convincing those close to you you don`t have a alchohol issue. If you WANT a drink daily its becasue you want of alchohol.
    And if this isn`t the truth, lets see you go without for 60days? Bet you lose fat, sleep better and are in a better mood in general, no joke, I`ll take the bet.
    At this point of my conversation, we both that you can`t go for 60days can you? it would mysteriously be a HUGE deal!?
    AND THATS the Truth AND an addiction my friends, its also what the alchohol companies bank on. Like MSG in fast food, nicotine in tobacco, THC in Marijauna, the human body in either mentally, physically or psycologically becomes addicted. Ever wonder how come there is no public proof saying smoking causes lung cancer? I mean comeon ……how could it not?
    Resvratrol supplements have 20 times the benifits of wine, water beats wine on all angles.

  6. Kate says:

    Red or White? What is the health benifit difference?

  7. Connie says:

    With all the research Ive read..I agree with the health benefits of drinking wine. But people need to know how many ounces in each
    glass of wine is appropriate…for us who actually use a scale..Is it 4, 5 or 6 ounces in ea. glass considered healthy?..to be exact?

  8. Nicky says:

    Dear Clayton Tokar,

    I understand what you are saying about wine obviously you dont enjoy it and it may may you depressed etc, But the truth is there are people that like a glass of wine for the taste, and can quite happily not have that glass of wine for weeks. Makes me think you may have a hidden agenda.

  9. Sara says:

    I agree with the person who said that these people try to convince themselves that wine every day is good for you just want an excuse to continue their alcohol dependence. Far too many people who drink would never be able to give up alcohol or abstain for 60 days. Not a chance. Daily drinkers are already chemically dependent and maybe emotionally dependent on alcohols.

  10. bob says:

    Only one guarantee in this life – death. We are all going there so may as well enjoy life now while you can. Exercise moderation of course. 1-2 glasses of wine a day is nothing. As long as youre not shooting smack up your veins then just relax, have a nice time and dont worry.

  11. Simmie says:

    Thanks, Bob. Geez, some people are so uptight!

  12. Christina Miller says:

    I agree with bob. I exercise 3 to 4 times a week and eat a healthy balanced diet and enjoy 1 to 2 glasses of red a day with a meal. I am on my own alot during the weeks but i still try not to have more than 2 medium glasses of wine a night. I have no health problems at present and dont expect to just from having 1 or 2 glasses of wine a day. There are alot of people who do alot worse than that so just enjoy it, i know i am :)

  13. buddy says:

    Yes my stepmom drinks almost on a daily basis sometimes just a glass other times maybe the whole bottle she hides the bottle iin her closet I walked outside to mow the lawn one day and all the bottles that were in the house were now under the house there must have been around a hundred bottles most wine but some vodka and one jack daniels I noticed that when she drinks wine she in a bad mood with my father and I what effects does she have?

  14. Heather says:

    I think maybe a few of you need a glass of wine to stop being so uptight!! Really get over yourselves not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic!! Why judge others for the way they live or what they choose to believe. Loosen up and enjoy life you only have one!

  15. Annie says:

    Well said BOB Well said LOL!! you are funny :)

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