‘Red wine is good for you’, this statement has become a contentious issue of late. The wine industry jumped on it, of course, when it first emerged following some research into the health of some surveyed sections of the community. It was found that those who imbibed regularly, in moderation with a glass or two of red wine a day, were less likely to suffer from a heart attack. Many doctors, especially GPs, see the ravaging results of too much alcohol consumption in their patients and are loathe to praise any part of the liquor industry and their products. They spend large parts of their day attempting to convince their patients to drink less, and so it seems counterintuitive to acknowledge this information.
Red Wine Is Good for You
The important part of this ‘red wine is good for you’ message, is that it is only good for you in moderation. The real problem that most countries face, is that the people who drink alcohol most regularly do not drink in moderation, they drink excessively. Too much alcohol kills you, through liver cancer and a variety of other very serious health failures. Now that we have clearly put that truth on the table, let’s talk about red wine. Red wine, and wine in general, has been with us since the very beginning. When studying our ancient history one can make a case for the fact that wine was the most important thing in the life of the ancients.
In ancient Greece and Rome, both strongly agrarian cultures, the grape was preeminent, along with the olive, in providing the staples of their diet. Wine and feasting, in Greece it was called a symposium, when folks got together to drink wine and share what was important in their lives. When somebody died, they would be accompanied into the grave with drinking cups and vessels, for some good times in the next life, in the after world. Being able to have the leisure time to feast and drink was a sign of wealth and material attainment in the ancient world.
Today some people talk about women’s health and even anti-ageing when it comes to the moderate consumption of red wine. This is due to the presence of some anti-oxidising properties in red wine, which can reduce the amount of free radical destruction happening on a cellular level. It all sounds a little too complicated for my gentle appreciation of a fine red wine. Best advice I can give you is to sip it and don’t slurp it.