The Red Wine Health Myth
Most people know that drinking red wine in moderation contributes to better health and greater longevity. Scientific medical research conducted around the world for decades has demonstrated the health benefits of red wine consumption.
However, few people realize that the health and longevity benefits of red wine also apply equally to drinking white wine, beer, and distilled spirits (vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, etc.) Research suggests that the beneficial component of alcoholic beverages is primarily the alcohol itself.
Standard drinks of beer, wine and spirits all contain 0.6 ounces (six tenths of one ounce) of ethanol or beverage alcohol. A standard drink is:
- A 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer
- A 5-ounce glass of dinner wine
- A shot (one and one-half ounces) of 80 proof liquor or spirits such as vodka, tequila, or rum either straight or in a mixed drink.
It's a myth that only red wine contributes to better health and a longer life.
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