(By Eve Bushman) Last week I began my synopsis of the BBC documentary, The Truth About Alcohol, on YouTube with Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim. This is not a review of the film, just the things I learned and thought would be interesting for others to think about. Last week I shared the new alcohol limits set by the UK Chief Medical Officer and some of the tests Abdelmoneim and others went through.

My Takeaways Part Two

In the film the thought is that all the red wine consumed by the French counter-balances the rich foods they consume. Polyphenols, which comes from skins and seeds, are supposed to be good for us. Can the blood vessels dilate more after drinking red wine, and thereby decrease cardiovascular effects? The conclusion was yes, red wine has some benefit for the heart.

Abdelmoneim went on to test five red wines and one white to see how much polyphenols they contain. The white came in the least amount of polyphenol compounds. Cabernet Sauvignon came in second behind an Italian wine. You can get polyphenols from foods – so you don’t need to drink more – walnuts, dark chocolate, apple, tea, almonds, blueberries, coffee, fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grain cereals all have polyphenols in general.

As far as a protective effect for heart disease, this only showed as significant for women, but you are still not to drink any more than the recommendation.

Does a night cap help a person to drink? Abdelmoneim went to a sleep center to find out. His own sleep patterns were measured, and he brought his own whisky for a nightcap. Before sleeping he was told that alcohol works better for the young, beginning at 40 or 50 years of age it disrupts the sleep patterns. His sleep video showed lots of tossing and turning and the data told that as the night progresses he didn’t sleep as well. So, it may help you fall asleep deeply, but then sleep lighter later on, a “rebound” effect.

Read more here: Eve’s Wine 101: Synopsis of the Film: The Truth About Alcohol, Part Two