Study claims a glass of wine a day could keep depression at bay





A Spanish study published in the BMC Medicine journal has found that drinking up to 15g of wine a day can reduces the risk of developing depression.

The research was determining the effects of the Mediterranean diet on heart disease risk and looked at 5,505 men and women aged 55 to 80 in Spain. Those participants who consumed two to seven small glasses of wine per week were 32% less likely to suffer from depression compared with people who never drank alcohol.

Researchers suggested that light to moderate drinkers had a lower risk of depression compared with people who did not drink, which contradicts previous studies which have directly linked alcohol to an increased risk of depression.

Endeavouring to explain the contradictory findings, the study's lead author Dr Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez from the University of Navarra in Pamplona intimated that the results may be because they did not include previous sufferers of depression or alcohol addiction.

"Moderate consumption of wine may reduce the incidence of depression, while heavy drinkers seem to be at higher risk," concluded the study.

However, the study found that those who drank heavily (over five units of alcohol a day) tended to be at greater risk of developing depression, and advised that if you are not a drinker, you shouldn't start.

The medical benefits of drinking red wine have long been associated with a healthy heart. The cardioprotective influence of wine is derived from a number of key chemical components found within grape skins, whilst some of the alcoholic constituents are also considered to be of some benefit.
 
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Written by: Ben Moss

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