Are You Drinking Too Much Wine?

Published On: September 21, 2018


It’s unquestionable that drinking alcohol is, for the most part, socially acceptable in society. Even though alcohol-related harm is unarguable, most people are simply willing to disregard the evidence.

Wine is a particular problem since many convince themselves that wine is largely harmless because it’s not as strong as spirits. This is despite evidence that says drinking even a small amount of wine is enough to cause cancer.

Common misbeliefs about drinking wine

Some misconceptions around wine consumption include:

  • Wine improves your mental health
  • Wine helps you live longer
  • Wine helps to prevent cancer
  • Wine reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Wine reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

It is undoubtedly a tragedy that many people are inadvertently doing themselves harm by believing these misconceptions.

Is there a safe level of wine consumption?

The answer to this question is a resounding no. Why? Because exposing your organs to only a small amount of wine may cause cancer. Thus, there can be no ‘safe’ level of wine consumption.

How alcohol affects your mood and your behaviour is influenced by your sex. Women show a lower tolerance to wine than men. This means it takes a smaller quantity of wine to make a woman feel intoxicated compared to a man.

Experts recommend that women do not drink more than one glass of wine per day.

Why wine is so addictive

It’s easy to drink glass after glass. You may reason that it’s not too harmful because wine isn’t as strong as spirits. Be aware that you tend to drink wine in larger volumes than spirits. This largely negates the difference between wine and spirits when it comes to the former’s harm potential.

Because wine causes your brain to release ‘feel good’ hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, wine is highly addictive. Since wine is produced from grapes, it’s also incredibly tasty. This combination means it is difficult to force yourself to drink wine moderately.

For these reasons, it’s best to avoid drinking wine altogether. It’s easy to drink glass after glass. It’s no wonder that those who enjoy wine are much more likely to engage in binge drinking.

If you are a regular wine drinker, you begin to see your drinking as a crutch that solves all of your emotional problems. This is a sign that you are psychologically addicted to wine.

Alcohol abuse is a spectrum disorder, so you don’t have to be drinking alcohol early in the morning in order to be classed as a ‘problem drinker.’

If you continue to abuse alcohol over time, it’s likely you will develop a physical dependency. This means you will experience a range of withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking wine.

Signs you are drinking too much wine

Some of the short-term side effects of drinking too much wine include:

  • Blackouts
  • Hangovers
  • Irritability
  • High blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches

Some of the medium-to-long-term effects of wine drinking include:

  • Anxiety
  • Brain damage
  • Liver damage
  • Delirium tremens

Drinking wine is undoubtedly a past time that many enjoy. We know that telling you to stop drinking wine may not be something you want to hear, but the evidence that drinking wine causes more harm than good is just too great to ignore.

Those who may be considered ‘at-risk’

It’s believed that alcohol enthusiasts are at a higher risk than the general population for developing alcoholism. Overwhelmed stay-at-home mother and the elderly are also at an increased risk for developing alcoholism. Many of these people drink alcohol for the short-term emotional relief it brings.

It’s a sad truth that the alcohol industry specifically targets these at-risk people in its advertisements. It’s thus no wonder that the number of people who suffer from alcoholism is on the increase.

Getting help today

Rehab 4 Alcoholism is a specialist helpline set up to help those who are effective by alcoholism. Because alcoholism is a physical addiction, it’s important to undertake a detox with medical supervision. This level of care is offered at an alcohol rehab clinic. For free help and advice, contact us today on 0800 111 4108.

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