For a while now alcohol has been promoted as healthy as long as it is consumed in moderation, 1-2 glasses of red wine a day or 1 drink a day.
In particular, red wine is supposed to be healthy because of the resveratrol.
Some people even believe getting the resveratrol from red wine is more beneficial than getting it from supplements.
That belief, however, may be created more by the desire to drink wine, than any real evidence.
New research indicates instead that low volume alcohol consumption does not provide any health benefits at all (Stockwell T, et al. 2016).
The reason is that most of the research showing benefits was biased, low quality studies.
The low volume drinkers were compared to unhealthy non drinkers which would not be expected to live as long as the healthy groups.
When that was taken into consideration there were no benefits of low volume alcohol consumption.
Alcohol is a toxin the liver has to detoxify, and even at low consumption it increases the risk for certain cancers.
If you want to drink alcohol sometimes, do so and enjoy it, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it is healthy.
Want to drink something healthy, try water.