Alcohol addiction –– Part 2: Wine

Drinking alcohol is a common phenomenon not only in America but also in other parts of the world, such that it has become an essential part of life for some individuals. As per the recent data released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 87.6 percent of Americans aged 18 years or older reportedly drank alcohol at some point during 2014.

Although, some studies claim that drinking alcohol in moderate amounts may have some beneficial impact on the health, excessive drinking of alcohol daily can lead to alcohol use disorders (AUDs). According to the NIAAA, the risk for developing AUDs in men can increase if they consume more than four drinks in a single day, or above 14 drinks per week, while for women, the vulnerability to develop AUD increases with more than three drinks in a single day, or above 7 drinks per week.

Most of the times, people prone to abusing alcohol get swayed by the different varieties of alcoholic beverages available in the market, but little do they realize that each type of liquor has entirely different ingredients and it is important to understand the basic classes of alcohol before indulging in excessive drinking.

Reasons why wine is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage globally

Surprisingly, addiction to wine is socially well-accepted. Wine is often part of various social gatherings and events, and is especially popular among women. According to a recent report done by the Wine Institute and mentioned in an article published in the Forbes magazine, the annual consumption per person of wine in the U.S. stands at 10.25 liters.

The pros and cons of drinking wine are a matter of debate. Studies have shown that drinking one to two glasses of certain wines per day can be advantageous to the health of an individual. However, just as any other illegal substance, drinking too much wine can harm one’s health, and can eventually lead to an addiction.

Types of wines and their effects

Wine is made by fermenting grapes or other fruits such as pomegranates or berries. It comes in different flavors and is generally of two types, such as red wine or white wine.

Pros and cons of consuming red wine: It is believed that red wine is good for one’s cardiovascular system. The polyphenols found in the skins of grape are transferred into red wine preventing health risks and giving the person an indispensable dose of antioxidants. Research shows that resveratrol, a natural chemical in red wine decreases symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the risk of prostate cancer and promotes a long life.

However, excessive consumption of red wine can be detrimental for health causing problems related to teeth, migraine headaches, increased risk for breast cancer and allergic reactions due to certain ingredients.

Pros and cons of consuming white wine: Sparkling wine has fewer calories than red wine, though it is made from the same ingredients as the red wine. Sparkling wine can lead to more severe migraines than red wine. It has lesser health benefits than red wine but can help restore lung tissue health. White wine is quite acidic and causes greater damage to the teeth.

Leading an alcohol-free life is possible

Limited consumption of wine, that is up to one or two glasses a day, can maximize its benefits and minimize its harmful effects. However, excessive consumption of wine can lead to an addiction which is often ignored by people due to its classy association.

If you are suffering from alcohol addiction and looking for a rehab center that can help you in recovering from your condition, the Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline can assist you with details about the best alcohol treatment centers in Florida. You may call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-220-5381 or chat online with our experts to get complete information on the best alcohol rehabs in Florida.

To read the first part of the series, “Alcohol addiction:”

Part 1: Beer