INTRODUCTION Studies show that the consumption of red wine is a much more healthful drink compared to all other alcoholic beverages. This paper examines red wine and the daily consumption of red wine as a health related behavior. The paper proposes that the daily consumption of red wine is a health benefit for individuals in that it lowers the risk of heart disease, prevents the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and slows the aging process. There are some reservations regarding the daily consumption of red wine such as the risk of alcoholism and over-consumption, but these are somewhat negligible. Even though most of society claims to be aware of some of the benefits of red wine, the medical community should do more to promote
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Red wine is commonly available in any myriad number of outlets such as grocery stores, liquor stores and even through online outlets. Vineries and winemakers know that red wine receives its name because the grape juice from the grapes is kept in contact with the grape skins for given periods of time during the fermentation process of the wine (Red Wine Basics, 2009). Generally speaking, the depth of the red hue or coloration of the red wine is a direct relationship to the length of time that the juice is kept in contact with the grape skins. Additionally, there are other descriptors related to red wine that are used to make characterizations among the different varieties of red wines. Some of the more popular types of red wines are those such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc (Red Wine Basics, 2009). All of these red wines, however, differ dramatically from other non-red wines, such as white wines, due to their exposure to the grape skins. It is also this exposure to the grape skins that imparts red wine’s particular health benefits discussed in the following sections.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED WINE Numerous health related studies have found that red wine is quite beneficial in addressing certain causes or contributors of heart disease and other ailments associated with aging such as