People who drink a glass of wine a day have a lower risk of depression than tee-totallers, study finds

Researchers in Sweden tracked the lifestyle habits of more than 5,000 people from 1998 to 2010

They found the people with the best mental health drank up to 14 units a week - the equivalent of 10 pints

People who drink a glass of wine a day appeared to have a lower risk of depression than tee-totallers in a new study.

Researchers in Sweden tracked the lifestyle habits of more than 5,000 people from 1998 to 2010.

They found the people with the best mental health drank up to 14 units of alcohol a week - the equivalent of 10 pints of beer, and a little less than 10 glasses of wine.

Those who never drank alcohol had a 70-percent higher risk of depression, and hazardous binge-drinkers were 80 percent more likely to suffer.


While alcohol - particularly excessive drinking - is a risk factor for depression, plenty of studies have shown there can be a sweet spot.

Indeed, in all but one of the Blue Zones - the seven places in the world with the best health and longest life expectancy - most people have a drink a day.

It is not universally beneficial; women, particularly younger women, have higher risks than men of developing heart disease, cancer, and other health issues from drinking alcohol.

And a study this month found a glass of wine a night raises the risk of a stroke.

However, another recent study found that, while we underestimate the risks for younger women, we may overestimate the risks for older women. In fact, the study found alcohol was protective past retirement age.

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