Women and Wine
How many women put in a full day of work at the office, come home, take care of the kids, put their feet up, and have a glass or two of wine to relax? For a growing number of women, this has become a daily routine. Women and wine has started to become the social norm.
The connection between women and wine is a strong one. Women drink 60 percent of the wine consumed in the U.S. Studies show that women drink wine for a number of different reasons. They may feel that wine is “healthier” than other kinds of alcoholic drinks. They may drink wine at the end of the day to relax. Some women see wine as a healthful beverage which matches well with food, and as an “elegant,” lifestyle choice. Wine is socially acceptable, and many women find that their peers drink just as much as they do.
So what’s wrong with having wine at the end of the night. Well, aside from the fact that the number of calories in two five-ounce glasses of red wine is equal to those in a single snickers bar, if you’ve had two drinks, you are already drinking more than you should.
Moderate drinking is defined as one drink a day for women and two for men. Why the discrepancy? Women’s bodies don’t process alcohol in the same way as men. Women are smaller, and tend to have more body fat than men, so the same amount of alcohol can affect a women’s body more than that of a man’s.
Women and wine has become so common that some women who drink wine daily don’t even know that they binge drink. Binge drinking is consuming four or more alcoholic drinks in a two to three hour period.
When many women think of the dangers of drinking, they think of hard liquor and beer. Wine has been touted to have many health benefits. However, wine is not innocuous, and many of the health benefits are negligible, especially if you drink more than one glass a night.
Women and wine can have some very dangerous health effects. Drinking on a regular basis can cause liver damage and cancer. But even light drinking can increase the likelihood of breast cancer.
Other, lesser known effects of women and wine can include:
- Alcohol raises blood temperature, causing or worsening hot flashes.
- Alcohol can cause insomnia, even with moderate use.
- Drinking can cause or worsen irritability, mood changes, and depression.
Though there are some health benefits to drinking a small amount of red wine in the evenings, these benefits can be obtained in other foods that are rich in antioxidants like red grapes, grape juice, grape seed oil, deep green veggies, melon, pumpkin, blueberries, and peppers.
For women in wine it seems like the bottom line is- if you’re going to drink, keep it to one glass a night. And if you can’t manage only one glass or you have noticed that your consumption has become greater and greater, it may be time to get some help.