Most of us start thinking about wine in moderation when we have a annual physical or as a New Year resolution. Our doctors, make a few remarks about the possible state of our liver and could be in from drinking too much wine. We then blurt out that ”I drink wine in moderation!” when we should be living in moderation.
How to Drink in Moderation For Healthy Benefits
I don’t make a practice of drinking wine during the day when dining out. I order water when ever I can. I do drink wine with dinner almost every night—an average of two glasses or so, but if there are two of us, we have been known to finish the bottle. See, the problem with drinking wine in moderation is that tiny little word in our definition ” average of two glasses or so”. That little word is “so” and can ruin your plan to enjoying healthy wine in moderation.
It took until 1995 that the United States government acknowledged that wine wasn’t an altogether dangerous for our health. Before then, the federal dietary guidelines stated there was “no basic health benefit” to be found from the consumption of alcohol. Now after years of research it has been proved otherwise. The federal dietary guidelines were revised to reflect that drinking wine could add certain health benefits, but only at “moderate levels of consumption”—”no more than 1 drink a day for women and 2 for men.”
It is interesting that countries such as France and Spain, measure moderation more generously—up to 2 drinks a day for women and 4 for men. Their populations are healthier than ours and their rates of alcoholism are lower than the US.
My doctor still believes that the federal guidelines are what we should go by. He also stated that ”you have to be careful about how you’re measuring your glasses.” ”Alcohol is a concentrated form of calories,” Dr. Jeddroh said sternly. “As we grow older we naturally put on weight. I can’t imagine anyone not counting calories when drinking wine.”
Everyone has an opinion on moderate wine consumption. If you compare wine consumption by country you will see other figures. If you are from Europe your consumption level may be higher. I have also noted that after talking to the wine appreciators and people in the industry, that the 2 glasses for women and 4 for men is considered an acceptable moderation. But their overall observation is that you need to consume and pair wine with food.
Wine in Moderation Confusion
Okay, to be honest I have never once considered measuring the wine glasses or counting the calories in a Cabernet a friend is pouring for me. I mean to count the calories I would need to know the exact ounces and alcohol level of the wine. With so much confusion , how can we monitor and drink wine in moderation ? Well like I said, everyone has a opinion. Here is mine.
If you are going to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner every night you need to make conscious effort to monitor the amount. We not only have to learn how to drink in moderation but also how to eat in moderation for a healthier lifestyle.
Moderation in All Things
A trick I use is a smaller wine glass. I have purchased a set of smaller white and red wine glasses. (8 oz) This helps with over pouring because 4 oz or so is all I am comfortable pouring into the glass because of spillage. When eating dinner, I also have a glass of water with the wine at the table. I drink both with the meal. Once you learn moderation it becomes easier. I also suggest people follow the rules of wine in moderation below.
Rules Of Healthy Wine in Moderation
1. Savor and enjoy the wine you drink : swish the wine a little in your mouth looking for the distinctive flavors of your particular wine, but never exceeding the guidelines for low-risk wine in moderation. Which guideline you pick is up to you. 1, 2, 3 or 4 glasses.
2. Wine drinking requires maturity : consumers under legal age should not drink. No discussion here.
3. Wine Consumption during Pregnancy. Women should avoid drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages during pregnancy. This is common sense. Drink fruit juices in a wine glass to join in the fun.
4. If you drive avoid drinking. If you do drink never exceed the legal BAC (blood alcohol concentration) set for drivers. Be responsible.
Interested in the calories in wine see the post here: Wine Nutritional Information