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Is it okay to drink wine everyday?

When it comes to wine, how much you drink can affect your health.

It's easy to jump on the bandwagon when you hear about some of the health benefits associated with drinking wine. But wine is one of those things you have to tread carefully around because there can be a big difference between whether it helps or hurts your health.

Moderate consumption of wine has been linked to cardiovascular health. Red wine in particular contains flavonoids and other antioxidants which have been shown to boost HDL ("good") cholesterol and may help reduce coronary artery disease

But what's important to keep in mind when it comes to wine is how much you drink. The American Heart Association recommends women have no more than one drink a day. Men should limit themselves to an average of 1-2 drinks a day. The 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines agree, citing the same averages for men and women.  If you don't already drink alcohol, it's not recommended that you start.

What Is a Serving?

One serving of wine equals 5 ounces. That's not a lot of wine and many people pour more than that into a single glass. So you can't go by the number of glasses of wine you drink, because you'll likely be consuming more than recommended. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 60% of women in the U.S. have more than one alcoholic drink a day.

Dangers of Drinking Too Much

Although one serving of wine a day may provide some protective health benefits, drinking more than that can negatively affect your health. Female drinkers are at greater risk for developing alcohol-related health problems than men.

Consider these health risks associated with alcohol consumption:

  • Heart disease. Drinking more than one glass of wine a day can raise your blood pressure as well as your risk for cardiomyopathy, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. Heavy or binge drinking has been linked to stroke.
  • Liver disease. Excessive alcohol consumption can damage your liver. 
  • Breast cancer. Women who have more than one drink a day have a 10% higher risk of developing breast cancer than non-drinkers.
  • Weight control. One 5-ounce glass of wine has 120 calories. Add a glass or more a day and those calories quickly add up. 
  • Pregnancy. Drinking when you're pregnant puts the baby at risk for learning problems and other health issues.

If you're going to drink wine, keep these tips in mind:

  • Drink no more than 5 ounces of wine a day.
  • Drink wine with meals.
  • Never binge drink.
  • Don't drink at all if you are pregnant.
  • Discuss the benefits and risks of drinking with your doctor.

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