Can drinking wine really make a health difference? The latest studies promoted by the American Heart Association say yes…but they define “moderate wine consumption” as one to two four-ounce glasses a day.

1. Journals of Gerontology: Published in 2007, wine drinkers enjoy a 34 percent lower mortality rate than those who chug beer or spirits;

2. Annals of Internal Medicine: Published after a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study in 2007, showed that moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers;

3. Nature: Published in 2006 after a study at Queen Mary University in London, showed red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. By the way, wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins (whatever the heck that is) than other wines, so oh-la-la to that;

4. Diabetes Care: Published in 2005 after Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center researched that moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Just so you don’t think it was just the Dining Duo in the study, the research tested 369,862 folks over an average of twelve years. That’s a lot happy Dutchmen;

5. Stroke (now there’s a publication everyone will reading on vacation): Published in 2006 after studying 3,176 folks over an 8 year span, wine showed the possibility of suffering a blood clot-related stroke drops by nearly 50 Percent in people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol;

6. Nature (they love their wine tests): In 2003 they published a study of 1,379 people in Iceland (apparently more people prefer living and drinking in Holland) which showed that moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers…and those drinking wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer (are you able to read this?);

7. American Journal of Gastroenterology: Published a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 folks over a four-year period that illustrated that moderate consumption of wine—especially yummie red wine—cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent; and,

8. Neuroepidemiology (say that three times): Published a study by Columbia University of 1,416 people that showed brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers; and who wouldn’t want that?!

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