Benefits of Moderate Wine Consumption Risks of Excessive Wine Consumption
Moderate wine consumption decreases the risk of mortality due to heart disease by half. Excessive consumption destroys the liver and may cause hepatic cirrhosis.
It improves blood flow and vasodilation, impeding oxidation of “bad” cholesterol. Excessive consumption is a risk factor for death.
Wine has an antioxidant action that prevents the appearance of certain types of cancer and slows down the appearance of Alzheimer’s disease. It increases the risk of developing ulcers and gastritis.
Drinking wine in moderation prevents bone mass loss in post-menopausal women. It may cause irreversible brain damage.
It increases the “good” cholesterol (HDL) in the blood and prevents the deposit of fat on the artery walls, decreasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Excessive consumption decreases one’s physical and mental faculties. A driver’s ability to handle an automobile decreases dangerously with a content of 0.5 g of alcohol per liter of blood.


A healthy person who does not take any medication should drink two to three glasses of wine per day (10-30 g/day). The wine should be paired with food and consumers should always choose wines with denomination of origin that ensure quality.

Pregnant women should avoid consuming alcohol. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy, even minimal amounts, may be harmful to the fetus.

Children should not drink wine because their livers do not have the number of enzymes required to correctly metabolize it.

Recycling Tips

Once you have enjoyed the wine, remove the cork or screw cap, wash out the bottle, and place it in a green container in a supermarket or recycling center in your community. Glass recycling allows much of the material to be reused, which is why it is so important.

One little-known fact about recycling glass bottles is that the glass is separated and classified by color. There are generally three groups: green, amber, and clear. In some cases, the bottles are recovered intact and don’t need to be recycled. They are simply washed and treated with chemicals to eliminate any impurities.

If the glass needs to be treated, it is crushed and melted down with sand, sodium hydroxide, and limestone in order to make new products with identical properties.