@garyvee posted a link on Twitter to an article by Mike Steinberger in Slate magazine, that immediately made me scour through my memory for something that I read in a G.K. Chesterton book. In the article, Mr. Steinberger asks a great question, "Why are Americans obsessed with wine being good for you?" This section does a great job of summing up his article -
Personally, I'm thrilled to learn that red wine could help me avoid
cancer, outlast opponents on the tennis court, survive a nuclear
attack, and lead a long, lucid, and Viagra-free life. However, a little
caution is in order. Most of the testing with resveratrol has been done
on mice, and they have been given ungodly amounts of the stuff. As the New York Times
pointed out in a 2006 article, the mice in one experiment were injected
with 24 milligrams of resveratrol per kilogram of body weight; red wine
contains around 1.5 to 3 milligrams of resveratrol per liter, so to get
the equivalent dose, a 150-pound person would need to drink 750-1,500
bottles of wine a day. I weigh 195 pounds and can finish a bottle of
Beaujolais and feel no different than if I'd had a bottle of Gatorade,
but tossing back 1,100 liters of wine in a 24-hour period? Probably
Aside from any questions about whether the amount of wine that a normal person can consume in a day really has a noticeable affect on your odds for cancer or surviving nuclear attack, I have my suspicions that drinking wine like it's penicillin will affect your enjoyment of the wine.
Chesterton said, "Probably the worst way to drink is to drink medicinally", and although I am ripping this totally out of context to satisfy my nefarious purposes, I think that he was right. Drinking wine for the health benefits is kinda like having sex for the exercise; it might work, but it's really missing the point. That's right, I said it, wine is like sex. Bet you haven't heard that one before. Seriously though, enjoying a good glass of wine is one of the most hedonistic and amazing things that we get to experience on a regular basis. Why ruin it with science? Don't get me wrong, science has given us a lot of great things, but it sure has a way of sucking the joy out of things that have their own intrinsic value. Drink wine because you love wine, and because it's beautiful and one of the best ways on earth to enjoy life, not because you want to get your daily dose of resveratrol. While you are at it, you should probably also go for a walk just to revel in the beauty of the world, unless you live somewhere ugly, then you should do it for your health.