If you like to relax with a glass of wine at the end of a long day, you’re not alone. According to the Wine Institute, the average American adult drinks approximately 2.95 gallons of wine per year. (That’s gallons!)
While wine is frequently lauded for its heart health benefits, that glass of vino could be doing a number on the rest of your body in the process. Read on to discover the side effects of wine experts want you to know about before you take that next sip. And if you’re ready to go cold turkey, check out I Gave Up Alcohol For An Entire Month and Saw Serious Results.
Red wine has long been said to benefit a person’s cardiovascular health, particularly in terms of lowering blood pressure and heart attack risk. However, experts say that regular wine consumption could have serious side effects for your heart, including atrial fibrillation, a type of rapid, sometimes irregular, heartbeat.
Heather Hanks, a nutritionist with Instapot Life, says cites a January 2021 study published in the European Heart Journal, which suggests that even a single daily alcoholic drink can increase a person’s risk of atrial fibrillation by 16%.
“This goes against the previous advice to drink a glass of red wine each day for heart health, as atrial fibrillation can increase the risk of more serious complications, like stroke,” says Hanks.
Long term consumption of any type of alcohol, including wine, can lead to serious liver health issues, including cirrhosis. According to 2015 research from the European Association for the Study of the Liver, increasing alcohol consumption past the “moderate” threshold—up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men—can