Researchers, medics and the government agree 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 present and really enjoy it. So many times, if you’re sitting in front of a movie with a glass of wine, you drink 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, be in the moment to really enjoy it.”
And if you’re going to have a drink, enjoy a glass and not the bottle.
For now, the real benefits of drinking red wine are 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.
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