Does wine help you live longer?

A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away – or does it? From the French to Sardinia, the cultures where people tend to drink wine every day famously low (Opens in a new tab) Heart disease rates and live longer (Opens in a new tab), on average, than Americans do. But does drinking wine actually help you live longer?

The belief that a daily glass of wine is responsible for the health and longevity of those living in food cultures focused on wine dates back to 1992 paper (Opens in a new tab) who called this phenomenon the “French Paradox,” referring to wine as an explanation. Today, however, our understanding of wine and its health effects is more accurate. There is some evidence that drinking wine protects against some health conditions, but the evidence that it leads to a longer life is weak, said Adrian Baranchuk, MD, professor of cardiology at Queen’s University School of Medicine in Ontario. “Alcohol studies are limited in their design,” he said.

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