Wine is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages, but the debate about the harmfulness and benefits of its use does not subside to this day. Each of the parties brings more and more arguments, trying to prove their case. We will try to consider this issue from the point of view of a neutral observer.

In France, there is a tradition of drinking a glass of red wine at dinner. According to statistics, it is the French who suffer from cancer and cardiovascular diseases least of all in the world. In terms of average life expectancy, they are second only to the Japanese. It is clear that long life and the tradition of drinking wine are not directly related, but there is still some regularity.

It is scientifically proven that wine contains antioxidants – substances that slow down aging, and other trace elements necessary for the body. But the benefits of wine largely depend on the quantity and quality of the drink.

Without harming yourself, you can drink no more than 200-400 ml of wine per week. The exact amount is determined by the health status, sex and age of the person. Moreover, the wine must be of high quality. Surrogate, fermented and expired drinks are dangerous even in minimal quantities and are not beneficial.

You can not drink wine for people who have contraindications: asthma, stomach ulcers, diabetes, epilepsy, migraines, allergies to substances in wine, taking antibiotics, etc. In large quantities, wine, like any other alcohol, causes alcohol dependence, liver cirrhosis and cancer.

Also, most doctors recommend that pregnant women completely abandon wine in the first weeks of pregnancy. But after 15-17 weeks, you can drink a glass of good wine, half diluted with non-carbonated water.

There are people who have limited the use of wine or completely abandoned it for religious reasons, this is their choice. The first ban applies to Muslims, they cannot drink any alcohol. Christians have more options, but they also have restrictions on wine during fasting and other holidays.