You don't necessarily need to be a scientist to understand that drinking wine has its benefits. That first sip of your favorite wine, recently poured into your favorite glass after a stressful day at work, seems to make all the problems of the day fade blissfully away — leaving you with a lovely sense of calm.
However, most of us are also acquainted with the darker side of drinking wine; that one extra glass (or perhaps two or three extra glasses) that seemed like such a grand idea when it was poured by an enthusiastic and well-meaning hand, but instead quickly turned your night of relaxation and intelligent conversation into a morning of regret and sorrowful lamentation.
Yet if you can manage to drink the recommended amount of wine (roughly one or two glasses a night, depending on your age, sex, and weight) without falling to the temptation of excess, your mind and body can benefit greatly in both the immediate and distant future.
Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't hesitate to pour yourself a glass or two every night.