Wine & Your Health

US Wine Consumption Continues to Grow
September 14, 2009
Overall wine consumption in the U.S. rose 0.9 percent in 2008 to 294.7 million 9-liter cases, according to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2009 Wine Handbook. Although the growth rate has slowed slightly, this marks the fifteenth consecutive year of case gains. Due to the current recessionary environment, consumers have become more frugal with their purchases, trading down toward value-priced wines in both the on-and off-premise.
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Alcohol May Prevent Senior Disabilities
January 16, 2009
It is well known that moderate drinking can have positive health benefits — for instance, a couple of glasses of red wine a day can be good for the heart. But if you're a senior in good health, light to moderate consumption of alcohol may also help prevent the development of physical disability. That's the conclusion of a new UCLA study, available in the online edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology, which found that light to moderate drinking among these seniors reduced their odds of developing physical problems that would prevent them from performing common tasks such as walking, dressing and grooming.
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Britain Set to Top Wine Import League by 2012
By Marcel Michelson (Jan. 13, 2009)
Dump the image of Britain as a nation of beer and gin drinkers and raise a glass to a new record as the United Kingdom is set to become the world number one consumer country for imported wines by 2012. The French, however, are world champions in drinking whisky while in Japan people are giving up sake for wine and joining the Chinese and Russians as fastest growing wine consumers.
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A little wine may boost heart-healthy omega-3
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (Jan. 4, 2009)
A glass or two of wine per day may increase the amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in a person's blood, a new study suggests. The study of European adults found that those who drank in moderation tended to have higher blood levels of omega-3 -- even when intake of fish, the major dietary source of the fats, was taken into account. The link was strongest among wine drinkers, compared with those who favored beer and spirits. The findings suggest that wine, in particular, may affect the body's metabolism of omega-3 fats, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Romina di Giuseppe of Catholic University in Campobasso, Italy.
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