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A Simple Strategy to Lower Your Wine Consumption

Posted by Julie Alger
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A Simple Strategy to Lower Your Wine Consumption

We know that drinking alcohol can be bad for our health in a number of ways. But many of us enjoy a few glasses of wine here and there, and most doctors agree that light wine consumption is acceptable. It’s overindulging that’s the problem.

Unfortunately, overindulging has become a widespread problem in recent years. Retirees often feel lonely for a variety of reasons, such as the loss of a regular work environment and health problems that can affect mobility. And then, during the pandemic, closures of social functions and the general atmosphere of fear led many people – no matter their age – to self soothe at home with a few drinks. Alcohol sales increased noticeably during the pandemic.

On top of that, wine glasses have grown in size. Similar to the mentality of filling up a large dinner plate (and that large plate leading to overeating) we feel the need to fill up a large wine glass. And unfortunately, a simple thing such as the size of your glass can lead to overconsumption of alcohol.

A new study, published in the journal, Addiction, showed that participants in the UK consumed 6.5 percent less wine when they drank from a 10-ounce glass rather than a 12-ounce one. That’s not a huge difference, but it says a lot about our mental conditioning. Keep your glasses on the small side, and you’re less likely to drink to excess.

We know that excess alcohol consumption is linked to a number of chronic diseases, like cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. So, if you enjoy a glass or two of wine on occasion, perhaps consider the size of the glass. You can still imbibe to a reasonable degree but watching your portion sizes could be the key to reducing your risk of serious diseases.

And remember: Always talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about alcohol consumption or your risk of serious diseases. Proper medical advice is essential to making wise decisions about your lifestyle.

Julie Alger
Bay Area Health Insurance Marketing, Inc // julie@bayareahealth.net

Julie has been working with Bay Area Health Insurance since 2017. She is licensed and a great resource for Senior clients looking for help with their Medicare options.

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