Drinking wine regularly and moderately grants many benefits to wellness.

It is believed that about half of the heart protective benefits of the wine are due to alcohol presence, since it modifies positively the lipid balance in the blood.
Alcohol stimulates production of good cholesterol (HDL) that eliminates bad cholesterol (LDL) from veins and arteries which can build plaques.
It decreases the adherence between red globes which can form a blood clot and obstruct the blood flows in arteries (thrombosis), causing a heart attack or an ictus.
Alcohol has also an anti-inflammatory effect, which positively affects blood vessels, slowing down the development of arteriosclerosis.

Wine also contains phenols that act as antioxidants fighting the free radicals, which contribute causing degenerative illness such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ageing.
Watch out: antioxidant activity is less in non-fermented wine than in finished wine and it increases during fermentation and maturation.
Antioxidant levels in wine depends on manufacturing and filtering, and also on variety, harvest, elevation and terrain.