Should doctors be advocating wine or other alcoholic beverages as a haelth beverage? First, realize that ethyl alcohol is ethyl alcohol. It doesn't matter if it's beer, wine, spirits, or whatever. And ethyl alchol is a cytoplasmic poison, meaning that it is poisonous to every cell in your body. And, of course, it's no secret that the impairing effects of ethyl alcohol reach the mind as well as the body.
In fact, in some ways, alchohol is worse than some of the other recreational and social drugs. For instance, as you can see below, alcohol induces violence. We put people in prison in this country for smoking marijuana, but I've never seen any reports that marijuana induces violence the way alcohol does. And that's violence against men, women, children, and self.
Remember that the resveratrol and other beneficial polyphenols in red wine come from the grape. So, instead of drinking wine, eat grapes. And if you want to do more than that, take a resveratrol supplement. But, don't put alcohol in your body just to get resveratrol. It's not the right means to that end.
Below is another article about alcohol-fueled destruction of human lives. Doctors should know better than to recommend alcohol for health. Alcohol is for death- not life.
"The Jackson County (Mo.) Medical Examiner's office has released autopsy results for Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins, marking some of the final elements of the murder-suicide in Kansas City last December. Belcher murdered Perkins at their shared home, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of several Chiefs executives.
The most significant finding of the report was that Belcher had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 at the time of his death, more than twice the legal limit for intoxication in Missouri. The significance of this is obvious in the impairment of judgment. However, it also indicates Belcher almost certainly was intoxicated when police awoke him as he was sleeping in his car outside the apartment of Brittni Glass, about four hours before the time of the murder. Police roused him and sent him to Glass' apartment to sleep it off; clearly, unless he consumed other alcohol at some point later in the morning, he was highly intoxicated.
The report indicates that Perkins was shot in the neck, chest (twice), abdomen, hip, back, both legs and the right hand, for a total of nine gunshot wounds."