1. It improves your balance
If you stumble after drinking red wine, you may be doing it wrong. An experiment on laboratory mice found a diet rich in resveratrol - a compound found in red wine - improved older mice’s balance over time.
"Our study suggests that a natural compound like resveratrol...could actually decrease some of the motor deficiencies that are seen in our aging population," the scientist who led the experiment told the American Chemical Society.
2. It keeps the bed bugs away
Bed bugs live off human blood - but they are less keen on the blood once the human in question has drunk a couple of glasses of red wine, according to research carried out at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the United States. Drinking more wine, then, could lead to fewer bug bites (or you could tackle the problem head on and try getting rid of the insects).
3. It keeps you mentally agile
People who drink a glass of red wine a day are less likely to develop dementia, especially Alzheimer's, according to a study conducted at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany.
The academics found that subjects who drank between two and three units a day were almost a third less likely to be showing signs of dementia at the end of a three-year-period than those who were teetotal.
4. It helps during childbirth
Don’t take my word for it: Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, apparently prescribed wine to alleviate pain during childbirth - as well as lethargy and diarrhea.
5. It helps you keep weight off
Women who drink a moderate amount of alcohol with meals were found to have a lower risk of becoming overweight in middle age, according to a 2010 report in the Archives of Internal Medicine - with red wine-drinkers the least likely to become overweight.
The authors of the report noted that the women showed an increase in energy expenditure after drinking, which they suggested balanced out the additional calories in the alcoholic drink.
6. It makes you live longer
Research suggests resveratrol - which was thought to be responsible for the better balance in older mice - could help humans live longer lives, by suppressing molecules which cause inflammation as well as compounds in the blood which interfere with the production of insulin. (Read more.) Share