When we talk about the benefits and harmful effects of drinking wine more than the usual amount or more than your body can handle there are many side effects than benefits. The wine has been long debated by many and when some might believe that this alcoholic beverage does more good than bad, they might want to reconsider the facts.

In the medieval monasteries, the monks used wine as medicine and consumed it in adequate amounts and hence were said to live longer than others. Well, the benefits are there alright but we cannot ignore the fact that overdosage of any medicine can cause harmful effects.

Let’s talk about benefits

Being used as a medicine since early times it does have benefits, but they are beneficial only to the point where its intake is normal. It is advised for women to drink one glass per day and for men two glass is more than enough.

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the long fermentation of grapes. It is especially beneficial in preventing heart diseases like coronary heart disease, heart attack, atherosclerosis and stroke. Its effects on the circulatory system are also wonderful. Wine has a component called ethanol which can block certain nerve pathways in the brain but has an antioxidant effect and prevent the formation of blood clots.

Drinking wine can increase the omega-3 fatty acid in blood plasma and red blood cells which is useful in protection against heart diseases.

In the previous years, it is taken under consideration for wine being helpful in type 2 Diabetes and preventing Alzheimer’ disease. Being alcohol in a composition can be used to heal the wound on the skin.

Used in the prevention of ulcers due to a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori.

Harmful Effects

Wine is in some ways helpful but with over-consumption comes a price. The very thing that prevents heart diseases can kill you from heart disease and can cause chest pain. Drinking more than the recommended amount per day can cause heart failure for men with heart problems.

Although it is used to treat a type of stroke that is an ischemic stroke, its increased level can also cause a hemorrhagic stroke due to a broken blood vessel.

Dehydration is a major side effect of drinking too much; it can interrupt with the production of anti-diuretic hormone and at night if you have had consumed wine it can decrease its production and hence more urine and less water absorption in the body.

It can interrupt the lubrication of eyes due to dehydration and ends up with you waking up with dry eyes.

Wine contains triglycerides and can lead to weight gain and increased levels of bad cholesterol.

In postmenopausal women, drinking wine can cause a raised level of estrogen and thus a higher chance of getting breast cancer.

The migraine headaches mostly due to red wine can be seen in some people.

During pregnancy, the consumption of this alcoholic beverage can have harmful effects on the baby like odd facial features, shorter height than other children, learning disabilities and possible birth defects.

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