Wine: Is it good or bad for you?

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Q: At the end of the day, I find that a glass of wine is soothing to my spirits. Is this a good habit?

Truth be told, wine is not only the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world, but also an ancient medicinal remedy. Wine dates back to more than 6,000 years, and its use has been hailed by doctors, poets and the public in general.

There is nothing wrong with having a wine-drinking habit for as long as you are faithful to the maximum code — two glasses for men, one glass for women.

Know the following: Drinking wine with meals can help the digestive process. (This is because the PH level of wine is low just like the stomach.) Wine taken in moderation can significantly lower the risk of coronary heart disease.

Some experts believe that people who drink one to two glasses of wine or any alcoholic beverage a day are more likely to extend their life expectancy by three to four years, as compared to those who don't drink.

Red wine may be a powerful cancer inhibitor. Grape skins are used to make red wine (unlike white wine), where resveratrol is rich.

Wine contains vitamin B1, B2, B6, niacin and iron.

Warning: Wine should not be taken with other drugs or by pregnant women and people with health conditions. And never drive under the influence of alcohol, as it impairs your senses.