Two Glasses of Wine a Day Improves Quality of Life, Study Suggests

Those who drink in moderation have score better for on index measuring dexterity, emotion, and mobility, researchers say.

A study finds that if a person drinks no more than 14 drinks a week he or she has better overall scores than those who abstain completely. Photo: Rob Walls/Flickr

A group of researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine studied 5,404 people at the age of 50, and continued to observe them over a follow-up period, reports The Daily Mail.

Most showed a stable alcohol consumption pattern and ‘persistant moderate drinkers’ were identified.

Researchers found that regular moderate drinkers – those who consumed no more than 14 drinks a week and no more than three a day for women and four a day for men – have higher scores in each of the health indices.

The results also showed that further changes in quality of life past 50 were similar in all groups, except for those who cut down on drinking from moderate levels – and these showed signs of decline.

The authors said: “Overall, this study shows a positive relation between regular moderate alcohol intake and quality of life in middle-aged adults.”

“The effects on the subsequent quality of life as one ages of continued alcohol consumption, or of decreasing intake, remain unclear,” they added.

However, some experts invited to comment on the study warned that the U.S. researchers did not take into account the reasons for people stopping drinking or cutting down.

Harvey Finkel, from the Boston University Medical Center, said: “As people age, even disregarding medical obstacles, social interactions generally decrease, which leads to both less stimulation to drink and less opportunity to drink.”

By the way, another study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Headache Society in Los Angeles, showed that migraines can be triggered be red wine.

No, it doesn’t mean that all people are exposed to it, however, and some wines seem to be worse for headaches than others.

Researcher examined 33 adults in Brazil who considered themselves regular red-wine drinkers and believed and stated this factor as reason of migraines.

All were asked to drink half a bottle (375 milliliters) of a Malbec, Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wine from South America at least four days apart, says ABC News 4.

Although most participants admitted having a migraine at least once within 12 hours of drinking wine, but some wines were more to blame than others – specifically Tannat and Malbec.

The two have quite high levels of flavonoids known as tannins, which provide red wine’s rich coloring.

Although the study was not a controlled one, conceded study lead author Dr. Abouch Krymchantowski, “I concluded that the wines with the highest content of tannins – Tannat and Malbec — are those which triggered migraines more frequently.”

People who point to red wine as a migraine trigger should choose wines with the lowest tannin content, advised Krymchantowski.

“It’s a small study, but it confirms what we hear from patients: Wine can trigger migraines, but not necessarily all the time,” said Dr. Brian Grosberg, a co-director of the inpatient headache program at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City.

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