The wine conversation is a bit more nuanced. See, Buettner isn’t saying that you should start drinking if it doesn’t benefit your body or lifestyle. If you incorporate alcohol into your lifestyle instead, “drinking two drinks a day is probably a positive effect,” he said.
Of course, you’ll want to follow the Blue Zones-inspired diet – you can’t just expect to drink a glass of red wine and think the polyphenol content will cut it. But with a healthy, balanced diet, Buettner welcomes the benefits.
“There are actually some arguments, actually, that wine is better than water,” he explained. Research has found that the participants who drank 5 ounces of dry red wine per night (along with a nutrient-rich Mediterranean diet) experienced increase HDL good cholesterol level and sleep quality compared to participants who drank water.
That doesn’t mean you should swap out your daily water intake for wine, but it does demonstrate the benefits of drinking a glass with a healthy meal – bonus points if you can also organize (a safe way) hours of fun with loved ones.