Is Drinking Wine Every Night Bad for You?

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If relaxing on the couch or sitting down at dinner with a glass of wine every night puts people in a happy place, their habit benefits their health.

Some people are obsessed with wine; they can taste notes of oat and blackberry. However, as long as the wine is consumed in moderation, wine is beneficial to health.

In 6,000 BC, humans are already wine loves. It was served to clergy and aristocrats. It is even used as medicine by ancient Egyptians.

Red wine is known to protect against heart disease, and the antioxidants found in it help prevent cholesterol build-up in the arteries.

However, doctors do not recommend alcohol, mainly if alcoholism runs in the family.

If a glass of wine is usually enjoyed every night, get ready for more serious health benefits.

If this is you, it would be best to start seeking help from professionals on how to treat alcoholism. The sooner you do it, the better.


What Happens When You Drink Wine Every Night?

Wine is one of the drinks that are always available when needed. This drink offers incredible comfort after a long, tiring day.

Improves Gut Health 

Gut health is one of the essential ways to stay healthy. The gut is considered the second brain as it affects the organs’ state, digestion, and mental health.

Moderate red wine intake benefits the gut. This is because red wine contains many polyphenols and antimicrobial properties that help balance out the gut’s natural microbiome.

A diverse microbiome is critical for treating and preventing different conditions, including autoimmune diseases, cancer, obesity, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Fights Against Cardiovascular Diseases 

Wine helps with heart health. Moderate red wine intake offers some cardiovascular benefits.

The polyphenols found in red wine are proven to provide a vaso-relaxing effect on the coronary microvessels.

Thus, these natural chemicals help red the blood vessels and aid blood clot prevention and other cardiovascular conditions.

Red wine can also raise lipoprotein levels (HDL) or good cholesterol. Higher HDL levels are correlated to better protection against cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, red wine is rich in tannins that contain compounds called "procyanidins," which help protect them against heart disease. Unfortunately, these compounds are also responsible for the wine's dry taste.

A nightly glass of red wine can help with high blood pressure. In addition, moderate wine drinkers have a 30% fewer chance of suffering a heart attack than people who do not drink.

Disrupts Sleeping Patterns 

Alcohol can affect the body's natural clock, known as circadian rhythm, even in small doses.

In addition, moderate alcohol consumption can cause the body to have a rebound effect, which is critical for the body to adjust to the alcohol present while sleeping during the slumber's first half.

It takes the alcohol anywhere from 4-5 hours to leave the system. Meaning, sleep disruption experienced during the night’s second half is the alcohol makes its way out of the body.

Reduces the Risk of Developing Depression 

A sip of five ounces of wine every night has a positive effect on mental health. Two to seven wine drinks a week reduces the development of depression.

However, heavy drinking can lead to a higher risk of depression. That is why wine consumption must be in moderation.

Leads to Longer Life 

A nightly glass of wine promotes longer life. Drinking wine regularly can lead to a 34% lower mortality rate than drinking liquor or beer. It also makes someone look younger.

The resveratrol found in red wine, nuts, cranberries, blueberries, and grapes is linked to anti-ageing properties. It activates the anti-ageing pathway that leads to a longer lifespan.

However, these benefits are only found in moderate wine drinkers. Meaning, heavy drinkers look older instead of younger.

Protects the Skin from the Sun 

Another way that a glass of wine promotes younger-looking benefits is by protecting the skin against the sun. Antioxidants found in wine protect the skin against sunburn.

Once the skin is exposed to harmful ultra-violet rays, a chemical reaction in the body is set off. As a result, the skin cells become burned and damaged.

The antioxidants in grapes called “flavonoids” stop the chemical process that damages and kills the skin cells resulting in sunburn.

Avoids Diabetes 

Relaxing with a glass of red wine every night helps manage and prevent diabetes. Moderate wine drinkers have a 30% less chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

A glass of red wine a night is safe for most diabetes patients. However, exceeding the limit is not advisable. Less is always more when the wine is used as medicine.

Additionally, wine is also helpful in preventing some diabetes complications. Types 2 diabetes leads to developing heart disease.

According to the Annals of Internal Medicine study, a group of type 2 diabetes patients was asked to enjoy a glass of white wine, red wine, and water every night.

The participants are at low risk for alcohol abuse and followed a Mediterranean diet for two years.

The results are: participants have increased HDL cholesterol levels and better sleep quality than those who drink water.

Promotes A Happy Feeling 

After drinking a glass of wine, a little relaxation is felt by the drinkers.

A dinner with family and friends and enjoying conversation and great wine can melt away all the stresses of the day. Those great feelings can last beyond dinner.

Lowers the Risk of Developing Cancer 

Regular alcohol drinking can put someone at a higher risk of developing cancer. However, red wine is one exception to the rule.

Moderate red wine consumption is linked to lower breast cancer rates. This is because the red grapes’ skin has chemicals that help increase testosterone levels and reduce estrogen levels in pre-menopausal women.

The shifting in hormones lowers the risk of developing breast cancer.

The higher red wine chemicals are found in red grapes than in green ones. Therefore, it is best to consider a glass of wine when having wine at night.

Protects Brain Against Blood Clot

The brain can feel a little fuzzy with too many glasses of wine. However, a single drink with dinner is ideal.

In addition, a nightly glass of wine help protects the brain from a blood clot.

Wine drinkers in moderation with one or two drinks a night have an 8% less risk of stroke.

However, having four or more drinks every night can increase the risk of stroke up to 14% than those who drink occasionally or not at all.

Besides blood clot prevention, red wine also promotes a lower risk for having dementia.

For example, moderate drinkers of red wine have a 23% less chance of dementia than those who do not drink.

On the other hand, experts do not recommend non-alcohol drinkers to begin drinking. However, if it is moderate drinking, it can be beneficial to the health.

Reduces Inflammation 

Wine reduces inflammation, which makes it suitable for the heart. However, having inflammation in the heart can lead to bigger health issues like a heart attack.

The resveratrol found in red wine helps prevent blood vessel damage and blood clots. In addition, it is helpful with lowering the risk of inflammation.

Sharpens the Mind

Wine is rich in flavanols; compounds that help protect the body’s cells necessary for supporting healthy blood vessels.

This physiological benefit improves the blood flow in the brain. It also prevents developing harmful plaque.

Are there Potential Downsides of Drinking Wine Every Night?

Alcohol intake at excessive amounts can be harmful. Consuming high alcohol amounts and binge drinking is associated with negative health results.

Heavy alcohol intake poses several health risks, such as pancreatic and liver diseases, heart disease, diabetes, cancers, and even unintentional injuries.

Optimal wine intake is 150 ml (1 glass) for women and 300 ml (2 glasses). Drinking wine in a moderate amount delivers health benefits, while heavy drinking can negatively impact.

While wine consumption at a moderate amount provides numerous health benefits, overall diet quality must be considered.

Bear in mind that an unhealthy diet outweighs the regular consumption of wine.

Particular individuals are abstained from consuming alcohol, including pregnant women, minors, and those on specific medications.

Which Wine Type Has the Most Health Benefits?

Most studies focus on red wine’s beneficial properties, while white wine still needs more research.

Red wine is widely acknowledged for its high resveratrol concentration. It has ten times more resveratrol than white wine.

Both red and white wines are suitable for health, but each of them offers different health benefits.

During the post-fermentation process, the grapes lose some of the original nutrition. But, on the bright side, they gain new health advantages.

Powerful Antioxidants 

White wine is acknowledged for its ability to prevent heart diseases while improving heart health.

On the other hand, red wine comes with more resveratrol, powerful compounds that help protect the blood vessels and prevent blood clots.

These compounds decrease the bad cholesterol levels and increase the good cholesterol levels. It also helps regulate blood pressure.

Premature Ageing

Red wine has polyphenols; compounds that help fight the premature ageing effects. As a result, one or two glasses of red wine daily promote a younger look while keeping toxins away. However, white wine does not contain these compounds.

Calorie Count 

White and red wines are neck-to-neck when it comes to calories. A glass of white wine comes with 121 calories, whereas red wine comes with 130 calories.

Silicon Levels 

Red wine offers higher silicon levels than white wine. This means that drinking red wine helps increase bone density and reduces the risk for osteoporosis.

Overall, red wine possess more health benefits than white wine. On the other hand, it is essential to note that wine still contains alcohol, and high alcohol consumption results in different health issues.

In other words, red wine should be consumed in moderation despite its health benefits.

What Exactly Constitutes As Too Much Or Moderate?

Moderate wine drinking for women should be one per night, equivalent to 5 oz of wine.

Men can drink up to two a night unless they are over 65. It is recommended that older adults limit the drink to one a night, no matter the age. But, then, it is ideal for women over 65 to drink less than that.

Knowing how many glasses are in one wine bottle to decide if the drinking is already too much. Meaning, the amount to consume depends on how much is poured and on the bottle size.

Most of the time, a standard bottle of wine is 750 ml or roughly 25 fluid ounces. A glass of wine has 5 ounces of drink. Therefore, in a standard wine bottle, there are approximately five glasses.

For instance, if a magnum contains 1.5L in purchases, it is equivalent to two standard wine bottles. Meaning, it serves two times the amount and pours up to 10 glasses a bottle.

Calories In A Bottle of Wine

Consuming a bottle of wine daily can negatively impact physical and mental health in the short term or even longer.

A standard wine bottle contains about 650 calories. However, beware that calorie content rises for sweet wine varieties.

Every glass of wine may contain 1.2 g of sugar or 6 g per bottle. Besides giving the body empty calories, wine also heightens the risk for different health problems like cancer. A

Alcohol also affects the brain. As a result, stress hormone levels are increased, and depression became more severe.

Additionally, drinking a bottle of wine daily can affect liver health, resulting in liver damage.

Severe alcoholic liver disease is typically associated with drinking 40-80 g of ethanol daily for men and 20-40 g for men over 10-12 years. A standard wine bottle has sufficient ethanol in it to exceed or meet that level.

While the effects are not seen immediately, it is recommended to be aware of its impact on the liver.

Plus, if wine is consumed more than the moderate level and leads to alcoholism, it is best to seek professional help.

Conclusion

Drinking wine at night is not bad for the health. On the contrary, it offers numerous health benefits in moderation, including preventing heart disease, reducing inflammation, maintaining healthy blood pressure, and promoting longer life.

However, if consumed more than the recommended, it can negatively impact the physical and mental health.

To learn more about the dangers of drinking too much alcohol daily, and how you can overcome it, contact our counsellors at Abbeycare Scotland or Abbeycare Gloucester.

There you have it! Feel free to express your opinions on how the information above changed your outlook on one element of addiction’s recovery journey in the comment section below.


About the author

Peter Szczepanski

Pete has been on the GPhC register for 29 years. He holds a Clinical Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice and he is a Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Misuse for Abbeycare Gloucester and works as the Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Use in Worcestershire. To read more about Pete visit his LinkedIn profile.