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Study: Wealth Behind Wine Health Effect?

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While some studies suggest wine drinkers might be healthier, it may have nothing to do with knowing the difference between a full-bodied chardonnay and a bold little merlot.

A new study of young Danish adults found that wine drinkers generally are smarter, richer and more educated — all factors that can be associated with better health — than those who don't drink wine. "People who have high IQs, who come from high socio-economic status, who have high education are generally healthier than people who are not," said June Reinisch, director emeritus of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University and one of the study's authors. "It's not that wine makes you smarter, healthier and psychologically more intact and socially more desirable, it's that those sorts of people are the ones who drink wine," Reinisch said.

Wine Drinkers vs. Others

The study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine included 363 men and 330 women between the ages of 29 and 34. It compared wine drinkers and beer drinkers, those who abstain and those who drink both. Research was done between 1990 and 1994. The people who were studied were chosen from among a group of all the children born at a major Copenhagen hospital between 1959 and 1961 who researchers have studied over the years. Other Danish studies that showed health benefits from drinking wine were based on data collected when few in the traditionally beer-drinking country regularly drank wine. This study wanted to see if other social factors might help explain the apparent health benefits. Dr. Tedd Goldfinger, a private cardiologist in Tucson, Ariz., who has studied alcohol consumption and heart health, said the benefits of drinking wine should not be discounted. "Clearly there's benefit from wine consumption," said Goldfinger, who was not involved in the Danish study. Goldfinger said alcohol can decrease the tendency of blood to clot and cause heart attacks, and raise good cholesterol levels. Affluent people, he said, would be expected to have fewer health issues because they have better access to health care and generally lead healthier lifestyles by going to the doctor regularly and eating more nutritious foods. But you don't need to be rich to enjoy the health benefits of moderate wine consumption. "You don't have to go out and spend $20 or $30 on a bottle of wine," Goldfinger said. He said a cheaper one will do.

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