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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Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this article

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for the info

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

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.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

I generally avoid alcohol. :-)

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

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

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Everything in moderation. Thanks for posting.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Great article. Thanks for the post.

Tom R.
Tom Ramsay4 years ago

everything in moderation, including moderation

Julie F.
Julie F.4 years ago

anything in moderation should be good

Jane Ketterman
Jane Ketterman4 years ago

I love my glass of wine each day! Thank you