I also heard that alcohol pacified a group savages and guaranteed their extinction and irrelevance.
Not cool, dude.
I was pointing out why red wine was promoted for health reasons, you moron, not promoting alcohol consumption. There are non-alcoholic wines available which would provide the flavinoids without the alcohol. I also mentioned grape juice which has no alcohol but has the flavinoids.
One thing that wine's got that grape juice doesn't though is HDL cholesterol... but I guess who cares, you can get that from walnuts, fish and all that.
He was probably more bringing that up for people who do drink, that they don't have to give up red wine, and it's better than chugging singapore slings.
Thanks. Most nuts are HDL sources, and are better when eaten raw/unsalted. Usually only certain types of fish provide HDL and Omega nutrients- salmon, cod, tilapia, chad, haddock, and other firm-fleshed varieites.
There's a new study out that links alcohol-consumption and increased onset of allergies (see Reader's Digest for this month). Alcohol is a poison and even infrequent consumption can have deletarious effects. Women are far more susceptable than men to such damage.
In many traditional medicines, herbs are drenched in beer or wine for the alcohol to leach the volatile properties out of the herbs and deliver them more quickly into the patient's system. One must weigh the benefits with the risks in such a case.