This was intended for another thread that closed..speaking of 'alcohol in moderation' to which I posted this reply--
It isn't the (ETOH) that is good for you.. it is the red grapes drowned in it!
Grapes contain beneficial compounds called flavonoids, which are phytonutrients that give the vibrant purple color to grapes, grape juice and red wine; the stronger the color, the higher the concentration of flavonoids.
These flavonoid compounds include quercitin, as well as a second flavonoid-type compound (falling into the chemical category of stilbenes)called resveratrol. Both compounds appear to decrease the risk of heart disease by:
Reducing platelet clumping and harmful blood clots
Protecting LDL cholesterol from the free radical damage that initiates LDL's artery-damaging actions
alcohol intoxication however, is associated with a number of complications including accidents, traffic fatalities, domestic violence, homicide, and suicide. Alcohol dependence is also a chronic disease, associated with malnutrition, trauma, and a wide variety of central nervous system disorders. Wernicke's encephalopathy, Korsakoff's amnestic syndrome, VENTRICULAR ENLARGEMENT AND COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION, chronic cerebellar syndrome related to the degeneration of Purkinje cells in the cerebellar cortex, Marchiafava-Bignami disease-- and that is just to name a few, which anyone may stick in a google search and see what comes up