Does wine help you live longer?

A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away – or does it? From the French to the Sardinians, there are cultures where people tend to drink wine every day known low (opens in new tab) rates of heart disease and lead longer lives (opens in new tab), on average, than Americans do. But does drinking wine really help you live longer?

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

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