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Wine and Health Risks

WINE AND HEALTH RISKS

Wine can be very dangerous as it is associated with a number of health risks. The most common is acute pancreatitis. If you already have chronic pancreatitis, it can worsen the symptoms. Some other health problems include;

1. Sleep Deficiency

Many people feel a bit drowsy when consuming wine. This happens because alcohol is not digested but moves directly through the stomach lining and wall of the small intestine into the bloodstream. Once alcohol gets into the bloodstream, it goes into every cell of the body, depressing cellular activity. But this drowsy feeling is short-lived and one or more drinks before bedtime can result in a lighter sleep versus deeper, more restful sleep. Staying physically active and reducing your alcohol consumption can help you get better sleep.

2. Obesity

For some people, one glass of wine can turn into a whole bottle. One 5 ounce glass of dry wine has on average about 100 calories. A 12 ounce wine cooler is higher with about 180 calories on average. But some fortified wines and dessert wines containing distilled spirits have even more calories. So while one to two glasses of wine at about 200 calories can fit into your daily caloric goals, keep in mind that drinking is linked to increased consumption of food and a decreased rate of exercise. Half a bottle of wine everyday over a week period adds up to 1,750 of mostly nutrient-free calories.

3. Heart Disease

Moderation is important. Up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men may provide the associated health benefits, like lowering risk for heart disease. But when drinking habits become higher, you can put yourself at risk of heart disease. Too much alcohol intake can lead to a rise in blood pressure, result in heart failure or lead to a stroke. Additionally, high intake can result in increased triglycerides and an irregular heartbeat. For those really interested in a healthy heart, focusing on eating well and exercising has been shown to improve heart health at higher rates than the addition of a glass of wine daily.