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While excessive and binge drinking is best avoided, moderate drinking (1-2 units a day) can have some benefits for heart health.
There’s long been discussion about the risks and rewards that drinking wine has on your health. So what’s true and what’s not? In reality ‘moderate’ drinking (one or two units a day) does seem to protect against heart disease – but primarily for men aged over 40 and post-menopausal women. There is little evidence that drinking wine or other alcohol will improve the health of younger people, who are less at risk of heart disease in the first place. According to the British Heart Foundation, drinking more than two units a day may be harmful.
Scientists have found that red wines have higher levels of polyphenols, antioxidants and, in general, the darker the wine, the higher the antioxidant content – in tests, cabernet sauvignon grapes were shown to contain the most polyphenols.
Some research suggests that white wine has health benefits too. Winemakers have created a chardonnay called Paradoxe Blanc, which is four times higher in polyphenols than red wine.