Before You Wine Down: Could a Glass a Day Take Your Life Way?

Watch out as you ‘wine’ down from a long day. That glass of Merlot, Moscato or White Zin can impact your longevity. Check out this tea from ABC Air Power Prep:

While science has gone back and forth on this, a new study from Washington University’s School of Medicine says that not only is that daily glass of wine not beneficial, it’s actually killing you faster. Specifically, the scientists say just one glass of wine a day increases your risk of dying sooner by 20% — across various age groups. The full study is published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

The study examined the lives — and deaths — of 400,000 light drinkers across the country. “It used to seem like having one or two drinks per day was no big deal, and there even have been some studies suggesting it can improve health. But now we know that even the lightest daily drinkers have an increased mortality risk,” says university study author Dr. Sarah M. Hartz.

“With regard to cancer risk, any drinking at all was detrimental,” she notes.

She explains, “A 20 percent increase in risk of death is a much bigger deal in older people who already are at higher risk. Relatively few people die in their 20s, so a 20% increase in mortality is small but still significant. As people age, their risk of death from any cause also increases, so a 20 percent risk increase at age 75 translates into many more deaths than it does at age 25.”

Her conclusion? It’s sobering, to say the least. “Overall, I do think people should no longer consider a glass of wine a day to somehow be healthy.”