Fact or fiction? A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away.
If new research published in the American Journal of Medicine is to be believed, this old myth might actually be true.
Scientists have claimed that sparking up before downing a glass of red wine is a way to protect yourself against short-term damage to the lining of blood vessels.
The boffins investigated the effects of smoking on the blood and arteries of 20 healthy-non-smokers, who put themselves in the line of fire by inhaling three cigarettes.
Drinking the wine apparently blocked the release of micro-particles on artery walls and white blood cells that are indicators of smoking damage.
And forget everything you thought you knew about booze and fags ageing you. This test showed that inflammation was reduced and the genetic ageing process in cells had miraculously slowed down.
“The aim of our study was to investigate the acute vascular effects of red wine consumption prior to ‘occasional lifestyle smoking’ in healthy individuals,” said Dr Viktoria Schwarz of the University of Saarland in Homburg, Germany.
“We found evidence that pre-consumption of red wine prevented most of the vascular injury caused by smoking.”
It should be noted that the focus of this study was on young, healthy non-smokers. So if you’re getting on in years and still chaining it, don’t take this as gospel.