More than just a social drink or an alcoholic beverage, wines are considered healthy. Some say it is good for the heart while others say it is good for metabolism, which is probably the reason why only a small portion of the French population is overweight.
So what are the other health benefits of wine?
Regular but moderate consumers of wine are less likely to have atherosclerosis, as compared to those who do not drink or those who are heavy drinkers. Apparently, wine prevents the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries that could lead to heart problems. Additionally, they say that wine is a great anti-oxidant.
Therefore, aside from a good after-dinner drink, a little wine can help lengthen your life. The trick is to drink regularly in small amounts, not in large quantities because that could lead to alcoholism and other health problems. You have to take everything in moderation, so they say.