Author: Adam Macdougall   Date Posted:11 October 2017 

Wine With (Or After) Your Meal, Not Before. Here's Why


There are few things on this planet we can agree are good for the soul: the smell of freshly baked bread, a sky full of stars and wine.

But whether we like to admit it or not, too much of the latter is like poison for the body.


We know, is it possible to enjoy anything in this cruel world anymore? The short answer, yes.

Just look at all of the studies that tell us red wine is good for memory, reduction in heart disease risk and even slowing down the aging process.

First thing's first, never drink on an empty stomach.

"There have been several studies conducted that tell us if you drink a glass or two of wine before dinner on an empty stomach, you are likely to consume up to 25 percent more food during the meal," Robbie Clark, accredited practicing dietitian and co-founder of The Health Clinic told The Huffington Post Australia.

But it's not just the extra food (that you may or may not be drunkenly nibbling) that's sabotaging your health kick.

"Without food in the stomach, alcohol travels straight to the bloodstream and as blood alcohol concentration rises, the loss of control increases," Clark said.

Once alcohol hits the brain, it immediately starts to affect the ability to control behavior and bodily functions.

If you drink wine be kind to your body.

  • If you are someone who drinks most days, try to have 1-2 alcohol free days to give your body a chance to recover.
  • Drink in moderation, either with food or have food in your stomach before you start drinking alcohol.
  • Try to have some full weeks off from drinking to help your cells recover.
  • Make sure you are drinking organic or good quality wine. You would be surprised some of the ingredients, pesticides, and toxins that can go into making wine!
  • Make sure you have a healthy balanced meal the morning after drinking, consisting of high protein and healthy fats for nutrient absorption. Refined carbs and sugars will only make your blood sugars fluctuate, causing more of a hangover effect and leaving you craving bad foods.