Wine Lowers Risk Of Depression: Study Finds Drinking In Moderation Could Chase Your Blues Away

By Philip Ross on August 31, 2013 3:55 PM EDT

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A glass of wine a day could keep the blues away, say researchers in Spain. (Photo: Reuters)

Next time someone raises an eyebrow at your nightly glass of wine routine, you can tell them this: Wine could help lower the risk of depression.  According to a study published in the journal BMC Medicine, middle aged and older people who drink wine in moderation are less likely to suffer bouts of unhappiness.

Science Daily reports that researchers at the University of Navarra in Spain looked at the effect light drinking has on people's moods. They tracked over 5,500 light to moderate drinkers for a period of seven years. All the subjects were between the ages of 55 and 80.

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They found that those who drank moderate amounts of wine - between two and seven glasses a week - were less likely to suffer from depression.

"Lower amounts of alcohol intake might exert protection in a similar way to what has been observed for coronary heart disease," senior author Professor Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzalez, from the University of Navarra, Spain, said in a news release. "In fact, it is believed that depression and coronary heart disease share some common disease mechanisms."

The benefits of drinking a modest amount of wine have been well documented over the years. As Science World Report notes, drinking wine in moderation is associated with lowing the risk of heart disease and diabetes, slowing the onset of dementia and even preventing gallstones.

But this is the first time researchers have studied the effects of light to moderate wine consumption on people's moods. Based on their conclusions, wine could help lower the risk of depression in middle-aged and older people.

We'll cheers to that!

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