3 Ways Alcohol Consumption Could Be Improving Your Health


Natasha Lee

With the holidays quickly approaching, there couldn’t be a better time for this news. While we already know (and are quick to remind) that red wine boasts health benefits, it turns out that its bubbly cousin champagne could actually be good for us too.

Just in time for the holiday indulgence that awaits us in the upcoming weeks, Body and Soul revisited a press release from the UK’s University of Reading that declares champagne is good for your heart. “Our research has shown that drinking around two glasses of champagne can have beneficial effects on the way blood vessels function, in a similar way to that observed with red wine,” says Jeremy Spencer from Reading’s Department of Food and Nutritional Food Sciences. The article also expanded on other studies that suggest the benefits one can reap from moderate alcohol consumption in general. Harvard University’s School of Public Health recently published a report noting that over 100 prospective studies suggest a positive association between moderate alcohol consumption and a 25% to 40% reduction in risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from all cardiovascular causes.

Though a responsible approach to alcohol consumption is key, here are a few bonus health benefits to make you feel less guilty when you decide to have that extra glass during your holiday parties this season.

It helps combat colds. A 2002 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that drinking eight to 14 glasses of red wine per week correlated with as much as a 60% reduction in the risk of developing a cold. The research attributed this finding to the antioxidant properties of red wine.

It’s rich in antioxidants. The antioxidant known as resveratrol is abundant in grapes and, consequently, red wine and comes with a great number of health benefits.

It can help extend your life span. Curtis Ellison, MD, a professor of medicine and public health at Boston University, asserts, “The data is very clear that one of the best predictors of longevity is moderate drinking.” He cites that in almost every epidemiologic study, participants who consume alcohol in moderation live a little longer than their non-drinking counterparts.

Surprised by these findings? Share your thoughts with us in the comments then shop head-turning barware for your holiday cocktails.