Happy National "Drink Wine" Day! (Yep, you read that right). Whether you're celebrating this incredibly important holiday accidentally or intentionally, here are a few excellent reasons to keep that corkscrew nearby! Drinking a glass or two of wine every day is not only a ton of fun, it can also be an excellent part of a healthy lifestyle and diet. Pop open a bottle tonight, and enjoy.

Wine Glasses

It decreases your risk of heart disease In a 12-year study of 38,000 males between the ages of 40 and 75, it was shown that moderate consumption of alcohol (20 to 30 grams several days of the week), such as wine,  reduced the risk of coronary heart disease in men by up to 35%! See: PubMed

It decreases your risk of a stroke A nurses's health study that took place over the course of 12 years with over 85,000 participants between the ages of 35 - 59 indicated that drinking about 18mL of wine several times a week could reduce the risk of stroke by up to 70%! *See:** PubMed

It decreases your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes In a 10 year study involving over 35,000 adults living a healthy lifestyle, it was shown that people enjoying a moderate consumption of alcohol (defined as 1 glass a day for women, and 2 glasses for men) had a 40% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes than those who abstained from alcohol entirely. See: Reuters

It slows cognitive decline over time A Columbia University study in 2006 indicates that people who are drinking anywhere from 1 glass of wine a week, to 2 glasses daily, are able to maintain higher cognitive abilities for a longer period than those who never consumed alcohol. As such, the study suggests that alcohol may reduce the risk of dementia and brain decline. See: PubMed

It helps you live longer in general The Zutphen Study, conducted in 2009 in the Netherlands suggests that moderate consumption of wine (or alcohol) was strongly correlated to a decreased risk of cardiovascular mortality and even general mortality too. On average, the men who consumed alcohol on a regular basis lived 5 years longer than those who did not. See: Science DailyPubMed

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