The came is many things. It is tradition, culture, passion and taste. But it is also sociability, because for many people it is difficult to think of a dinner with friends without this drink, as well as a habit. How many, for example, usually drink a glass of wine with a meal, one with lunch and one with dinner?
The two glasses of wine at the dinner table there seem to be, according to common sense, a reasonable amount of alcohol consumption per day. But this popular belief is confirmed in scientific research, especially for the over 60?
How much wine to drink at 60
The Veronesi Foundation explains it exhaustively. If up to 60 years It is reasonable to drink 2-3 units of alcohol per day for men and 1-2 for women, from 60 and over you should limit yourself to just one. By alcoholic unit we mean the equivalent of 12 grams of ethanol, a substance found in all alcoholic beverages. To understand how much ethanol is present in spirits, it is useful to check the percentage of alcohol shown on the label: for wine the range is between 5 and 18%, with most varieties between 9 and 12%.
Considering these indications, in practice those over 60 should not drink more than one small glass a day. As a reference, you can take an ordinary glass for water: the quantity of wine allowed will be exactly half, approximately 125 milliliters. Only once a day, therefore, for lunch or dinner. The quantity takes into account various factors, ranging from the effects of alcohol in general to those specific to the population segment over 60.
The effects of wine on over 60s
But what does the wine contain? Most of the drink is composed of water, to which ethanol is naturally added, any natural or synthetic dyes (for example, cochineal for red wine) and aromas. They are not missing antioxidants, tannins and vitaminsIt is no coincidence that moderate consumption of wine can also have beneficial effects on health.
For those over 60, the effects of alcohol may be different than in the younger population. In particular, excess can lead to:
- a different one perception of reality: in other words, it is easier to get drunk from the age of 60;
- changes in the heart and in the blood vessels: wine interferes with circulation and, especially for those suffering from diseases related to the cardio-circulatory system, it can be dangerous;
- increase theincidence of cancer: for example breast cancer, linked not so much to the quantity taken but to the daily frequency of intake;
- get worse Health problems already present or incipient: from osteoporosis to diabetes, up to gastric ulcers.
In addition, the alcohol contained in wine and other beverages can aggravate or cause an onset memory problems or interfere with the effect or activity of medications they are hiring. In this context, which may seem alarming, however, one fundamental thing must be remembered: one must drink responsibly. If you follow this rule, perhaps breaking with an extra glass of wine once in a while, but always following everything you need to pay attention to and avoiding driving after drinking, you can still enjoy this drink in company.