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Is Wine Good For You?

Is Wine Good For You?

Q: Are we supposed to drink wine or not? Some studies say drink a glass of red wine every day, some studies say drinking any alcohol causes cancer. It is confusing!

A: You are so right. There are lots of studies suggesting the benefits of red wine and alcohol. What is important to keep in mind is that most of these studies are population based meaning that the real cause and effect is not definitely known. By the same standards, we have evidence of the dangers of alcohol, too.

We do know that antioxidants seem to play a role in keeping our bodies healthier, but there are plenty of ways to get antioxidants without drinking.

I, myself, am not a teetotaler. If you consume alcohol, keep your consumption to one drink a night if you are female and no more than two per night if you are male. If you are not currently a drinker, I would not recommend that you start consuming alcohol just because of the reported health benefits.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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12:53PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thanks for sharing this article

4:46AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks for the info

9:20PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

I almost never drink alcohol anymore, but sometimes, at the end of a long days work, it's nice to relax with a glass of wine.

7:21AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

I generally avoid alcohol. :-)

3:09AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

I'd rather have a glass of cherry juice or pomegranate!

9:41PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Everything in moderation. Thanks for posting.

5:18PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Great article. Thanks for the post.

1:46PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

everything in moderation, including moderation

9:53AM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

anything in moderation should be good

7:01AM PST on Mar 12, 2011

I love my glass of wine each day! Thank you

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