The resveratrol contained mostly in red wines helps fight stress and maybe there is a connection between the decrease in wine consumption and increase of use of antidepressants
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
The experiment was carried out on mice forced to live with another mouse, a bully and very aggressive, so this is only a preliminary phase of the study, but it confirms what everyone suspected: there is a connection between the tonic effect of a daily small amount of wine and the “better life” in society, in the family and even at work. There is a proverb in Italy that says that wine is the milk for the elderly, well it actually indicated the beneficial effect of a couple of glasses of wine, maybe had at the bar with friends, for those who have to put up with aches and pains and the loss of a social role, feelings common in the elderly.
Susan Wood’s studies, professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and published in the college magazine, regards the antidepressant and anti-inflammatory effects of resveratrol, and seem to confirm the ironic quote by Denis Saverot editor of the “La Revue du Vin de France << The village bars are gone, replaced by a pharmacy>>.
The phenomenon of substituting a glass of wine at dinner or at the bar with friends, with a packet of antidepressant is not only a French case but also an Italian one. From 2000 to 2009, in our nation, the consumption of this medicines has increased by 76% while the daily consumption of wine decreased by more than 5%. What has diminished most is the daily consumption in wine, from 57 to 54 litres per year per person, with a decrease of more than 5%. What has diminished most is the regular consumption, the healthy one, of a glass of wine per meal. Fortunately there is a big decrease in heavy drinkers which are now 100.000 less than last year. In fact it is necessary to point out that “wine is harmful for those who already ill” which means that exceeding half a bottle consumed during two meals it is very dangerous especially in situations of great stress.
What is to be hoped is that e return to a similar to that led by our grandfathers, with a dish of soup and a glass of wine consumed all together at the table, in peace, whilst talking. This is the right way to go, to feel better and to feel better with others too.
I’ll conclude remembering that already in 1992 the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (all but favourable to the consumption of wine) had given their opinion that “low levels in alcohol consumption can reduce stress, promote conviviality and produce sensations of joy and light heartedness as well as diminish tension, anxiety and shyness”.
So no more antidepressants drink a drop of wine!