Wine Benefits + Side Effects

By Adriane Marie •  Updated: 03/03/22 •  8 min read
wine benefits and side effects

HEALTH

Energy: wine is bad for / increases the risk of alcohol dependence, depression, disorientation, hangover, headache, impaired decisions, intoxication, vomiting

Longevity: wine is good for / helps possibly combat macular degeneration, reduce cholesterol, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease (if consumed moderately) | wine is bad for / increases the risk of cirrhosis, death and disease, liver damage (when consumed excessively)

Appearance: wine is good for / helps possibly slow aging (if consumed moderately) | wine is bad for / increases the risk of weight gain

Wine is…

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ENVIRONMENT

Water footprint: unknown

Carbon footprint: high, 3.5-3.3 kg CO2e to produce 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds of alcoholic beverages, a car driving equivalent of 8.75 miles or 14 kilometers

Destruction: high, alcohol production negatively impacts the planet with the process of growing the ingredients necessary to produce alcohol, grains, potatoes, rice, botanicals, sugar cane, and agave are all significant ingredients in the alcohol industry, which require a significant amount of fertilizer, land and use of machinery to produce beverages that aren’t necessary for human survival, resources could provide food and beverage aid for those in need

Wine is…

ANIMALS

Kills: none, wine production does not require any animals to die

Harms: none, wine production does require any animals to be used

Indirectly kills or harms: potentially cows, fish, crustaceans unless wine is labeled “unfined’“ or “unfiltered”, which indicates no animal products, ecosystems and wildlife unless labeled “unfined” or “unfiltered”

Wine is typically…

LABORERS

Health and safety: varies, overall, agriculture continues to be one of the most dangerous industries, farmworkers may be subject to dehydration, heat stroke, unprotected exposure to harmful, toxic chemicals and pesticides, unsafe machinery and clean drinking water may not always accessible

Living conditions: varies, laborers exploitation is common, they may face tough working conditions including long hours in the sun and heat performing physically exhausting tasks, labor laws and rights may or may not be in place, refugees and migrant workers are especially vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment, fearing consequences of job loss or deportation

Wages: varies, generally farmworkers earn meager wages, there are many cases of underpaid agricultural workers, wage theft and no overtime payment or benefits

Wine…

Where does most wine come from?

The world’s top wine exporting country is France, followed by Italy, Spain, USA, New Zealand, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Chile and UK.

wine is acidic.

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Is wine alkaline or acidic? Wine is acidic. What is the pH level of wine? Most wine has a 5.0 pH level, once digested.

When you eat food, it breaks down to an ash residue that can be neutral, acidic or alkaline. Minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, silver, copper and iron produce an alkaline ash; whereas sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine and iodine, which are in meat, coffee, dairy and alcohol, leave an acid ash.

Going alkaline easier than ever with this: Acidic and Alkaline Foods List

wine is gluten free.

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Is wine gluten free? Yes, wine is gluten free. Wine does not contain gluten.

While celiac disease may not be as rampant as many marketing trends lead us to believe, you may have a gluten sensitivity…

Celiac and gluten sensitivity symptoms are similar and may include:

There are hundreds of potential symptoms, many of which are also symptoms of other conditions.

Going gluten-free easier than ever with this: Gluten and Gluten Free Foods List

wine may contain a common food allergen: fish or egg.

side effects of common food allergens like milk, wheat, soy, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs and crustaceans

Is wine a common food allergen? Yes, wine may contain a common food allergen: fish or egg. Many people experience allergic reactions to wine.

A group of the eight major allergenic foods, AKA the Big-8, include:

These foods account for about 90% of all food allergies in the United States.

Severe food allergies can be life threatening. Following ingestion of a food allergen, a person with food allergies can experience a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. 

Persons may still be allergic to and have serious reactions to foods other than the eight foods identified by the law.

Be aware of common dietary restrictions and food allergens with this: The Big 8 Most Common Food Allergens List

wine has a high carbon footprint.

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Does wine have a high or low carbon footprint? Wine has a relatively high carbon footprint compared to other foods and beverages.

What is the carbon footprint of wine? It takes around 3.5-3.3 kg CO2e to produce 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds of alcoholic beverages, a car driving equivalent of 8.75 miles or 14 kilometers.

Food not only has a water footprint but also a carbon footprint, known as CO2e, which stands for carbon dioxide equivalent. Since carbon measurements are a bit more difficult to comprehend, it is common to equate CO2e to the distance which a car drives in miles or kilometers.

When calculating carbon emissions, some factors may include…

There are a number of steps we can take to reduce energy output. According to Oxford Martin School researchers, if the world went vegan, eliminating animal-derived products, it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds and avoid climate damages of $1.5 trillion.

But that’s not all!

It’s best to keep the following in mind when grocery shopping:

Find out how much carbon your food emits with this: Carbon Footprints of Foods and Ingredients List

wine is unsustainable.

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Overall, is wine eco friendly? Is wine sustainable?

Wine production is relatively unsustainable. Alcohol production negatively impacts the planet with the process of growing the ingredients necessary to produce alcohol, grains, potatoes, rice, botanicals, sugar cane, and agave are all significant ingredients in the alcohol industry, which require a significant amount of fertilizer, land and use of machinery to produce beverages that aren’t necessary for human survival. Resources could provide food and beverage aid for those in need.

A 2018 Oxford University study – which is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet – found that ‘avoiding meat and dairy is the single biggest way to reduce your impact on Earth’ as animal farming provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of our farmland.

Consuming animal products and byproducts is not environmentally friendly and is one of the worst things for the Earth. Not only is meat production wasteful, it causes enormous amounts of pollution. The industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change.

A 2010 United Nations report said that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world the worst impacts of climate change.

wine is typically not vegan unless label states “unfined” or “unfiltered” .

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Is wine vegan? Typically, wine is not vegan. Wine is an alcoholic beverage from grapes and not an animal product or byproduct, therefore making it vegan but during processing wine often uses animal ingredients such as gelatin and protein from animals, fish, milk and eggs.

Animals of factory farming are suffering. They live in horrific conditions that often include confinement, physical abuse and unnatural environments…so much so that they need to receive antibiotics to keep from getting ill or spreading disease. Growth hormones allow all kinds of animals to become fatter faster and live short lives.

Because we cannot see for ourselves how these animals live and what they endure does not mean it isn’t happening. The meat, poultry and dairy industries do everything they can to distance us from knowing how our food comes to be in order to keep us in the dark about what we support each time we buy animal derived products and byproducts.

Go vegan for animals!

It’s the best way to help animals and it’s not as difficult as you may think. Speak for animals with your actions, for they cannot speak at all.

Going vegan is easier than ever, at a glance with this: Vegan and Non-Vegan Foods List

Sources:

Wine, Beer and Spirits | USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

Wine Statistics – TTBGov

Importing and exporting wine – GOV.UK

Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, red – FoodData Central

Adriane Marie

As an educator, author and conscious consumer advocate, I study and organize ethical info for you to quickly see how our purchases impact animals, people and the planet. I hope you find this HEALabel knowledge useful and can apply it to your life for personal and societal improvement and empowerment.