by Jade Jehle, Creative Director & Blogger

“A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine”  – Ernest Hemingway

“Wine is sunlight held together by water” – Galileo Gallilei

Many may be addicted to alcohol, to its soothing stress-relieving effects after a long day, or to that funny feeling it can provide 😉 Our favourite type? Wine! For its all-around convenience and lighter alcohol content, its refreshing taste (white wine and rosé) or how it adds a little something to a perfect, romantic dinner (red wine for the most part!).

While moderate alcohol consumption is said to reduce cardiovascular diseases, binge drinking is known to raise mortality rates from all causes. As we all know, balance is key (bla bla bla… 🙂 ). But, seriously, knowing a glass of wine every now and then (1-2 times a week for me, I’m a light drinker) can help maintain a healthy heart is good news for us all, and most surprisingly, don’t be shy to drink even several glasses a day as per Dylan W. de Lange, a researcher at the Thrombosis and Haemostasis Laboratory of the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands:

“In these large studies, overall mortality was lowest among people who drank two to five glasses daily, compared to people who abstained from alcohol or drank excessively. This became known as the ‘U-shaped curve.’ The French adopted this concept, trying to prove that drinking red wine was beneficial for one’s health. This became known as the ‘French Paradox,’ that consumers of red wine had a low mortality from cardiovascular diseases despite smoking and consuming dietary fat.” – Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)

Cheers to that 🙂

However, interestingly enough, it’s been noticed that women nowadays have reached a level of automatic wine consumption, in relation to stress. In other words: you worry or feel stressed = you pour yourself a glass of wine. Not so recommended! Our chief editor Marie-Claude, on the other hand, overdoses on the gym when feeling stressed… Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be like her?! 🙂

“Health officials are watching the situation with concern, and some addiction specialists are making comparisons to other dependencies to which women may be more vulnerable, such as food addictions.” – Caren Lissner, The Washington Post

(P.S.: I will make a series on food addictions… Getting hungry just thinking about it!)

A series of Australian researchers have even proved the shift in drinking habits amongst genders: women nowadays drink equally as much as men, whereas women drank significantly less throughout the 20th century. Unfortunately, since women have lower body mass unlike men, they have less water to disperse the alcohol through their bodies and experience the effects of alcohol much quicker.

If you have been overdoing it a few too many times on weekends, understanding it’s summer etc., I do want to remind you of the long-term effects of wine binge drinking (don’t hate me, it’s for our own good! 🙂 ) :

  • High levels of cholesterol and toxins in the body caused by the slow detoxification of the liver,
  • Premature aging,
  • Increased risk of infertility for women,
  • Loss of sexual response in men because of sex hormone depletion,
  • Impairment of sleep leading to restlessness and poor concentration.

So, moderation is key, and red wine can certainly be an almost-daily thing as per the above-mentioned studies and reports! Also remember to always eat before or during the consumption.

As a bonus, since it’s summer, I wanted you to know that wine and grape derivatives do also help protect your skin from sunburn! As reported by scientists from the University of Barcelona in Spain in The Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry, it reduces the damaging effects of UV light, due to its flavonoids content. Did I just make you want to get out on a terrace under the sunlight with a glass of sangria? Enjoy! 😉