Alcohol And Heart - Q & A

Each gm of alcohol adds 7 calories of energy.

Only red wine shows beneficial effect, other drinks like Beer, Vodka, Rum and Whisky does not give any benefit.

White wine has no benefit over red wine because the grape skins that contain polyphenols are missing
Polyphenol found in red wine is “RESVERATROL”


decreases arterial damage
decreases angiotensin II activity
increases nitric oxide
decreases platelet aggregation
decreases LDL oxidation
decreases atheroma formation
increases HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)

Red wine reduces BP in early phase within hours opposite effect in long term
Other spirits elevates BP by 2-3mmHg
In hypertensive patients elevation is more significant

Binge – drinkers (> 3 drinks per hour of any variety of alcohol) have increased mortality due to myocardial infarction (Heart attack)
Binge drinking – counters the J-shaped beneficial curve of red wine
No raise of BP if red wine taken along with meals

French men habitually drink red wine with their meals
They have lower mortality despite taking fatty meals
Those from white wine drinking area of France, have higher mortality (>50%) than those consuming red wine despite same type of fatty meals in their diet

French red wine is better than German in the induction of human endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) according to some study

Those with Gout should not take wine as it increases uric acid
Those with alcoholic cardiomyopathy should not take alcohol
Those with hypertension should limit alcohol intake.

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