Researchers, medics and the government are all in agreement on one thing: it all comes down to how much you drink. One tip for keeping it moderate, says Joel, is to be present in the act.
‘One thing that I talk about with my patients is mindfulness. If you are going to drink, be in the moment, be present and really enjoy it.
‘So many times, if you’re sitting in front of a movie and you’re drinking wine, you don’t even notice it. You do it mindlessly. You don’t pick up on the different notes of the wine, or the different flavours, or the taste.
‘So if you are going to drink it, certainly allow yourself to drink it and be in the moment to enjoy it.’
Advice across the board seems to be that if you’re going to drink wine, enjoy a glass and not the bottle.
So what are the real benefits of drinking red wine? For now, it’s subjective.
Studies show there are tangible health benefits, but until more research is competed, we’ll take “health benefits” to mean the pleasure of sharing a glass with a friend. After all, we’re firm believers that with moderation in mind, a little bit of what you like does you good.