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Monday, October 27, 2014

Wine, Health, and the Poor Consumption of Scientific Research

Here's an example of an irresponsible use of scientific research. This article, provocatively titled "Sadly, This Worldwide Belief About Wine is Actually Totally Wrong", is claiming that one study has put to rest all prior research showing that light-to-moderate wine consumption lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. Click here and here for two recent meta-analyses (i.e., when results from multiple studies are integrated) on this subject.  That much previous research contradicts this particular study's findings doesn't, of course, necessarily mean that the latter is wrong.  But let's not be too quick to conclude that wine has no medical benefits.