According to a study by Miguel Hernández University (UMH) in Elche, students who drink beer or wine in moderation tend to consume large amounts of fish, fruit and vegetables, ingredients that make up the Mediterranean diet and are the basis for a healthy diet.
In contrast, respondents young abstainers (over 1,000 between 17 and 35 years old) admitted they consume less fish instead, they eat larger amounts of meat. Meanwhile, drinkers of all forms of alcohol had a lower intake of fruits and vegetables and twice the amount of meat compared to those who drink beer or wine moderately.
According to these results, 18.9% of participants drank only wine or beer moderately, 19.5% did not drink alcohol and 61.6% consumed all kinds of alcoholic beverages, including high ranking.
The average alcohol intake was 4.3 grams per day, an amount that can be considered low to moderate, as it is less than 11.8 grams per day calculated by the National Health Survey for young adults of the same age, made between 2011 and 2012.
However, they acknowledge the controversy that exists within the international scientific community regarding recommend or not alcohol, albeit moderately, due to the negative effects that excessive consumption can have.
The results of the work done by the UMH demonstrates the importance of jointly study the diet and alcohol consumption when measuring the effects of the latter in the body. The reasearchers also pointed out that the Mediterranean diet inlcudes moderate consumption of wine in the meals thanks to its health benefits.
Pruno 2014: a red wine from the Ribera del Duero DO made with cabernet sauvignon and tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.
Tarima 2014: a red wine from Alicante DO of Bodegas Volver cellar with a blend based on monastrell of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º.