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Alcohol Abuse in Adolescents Can Affect the Brain

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A recent study by the University of Eastern Finland and the University Hospital of Kuopio has seen a “critical thinking” in young people who were heavy drinkers of alcohol during their teenage years.

The results of the research, published in the journal Addiction, reveal that parts of the brain that develop before the age of 20 may be disrupted as a result of abuse of alcoholic beverages.

The study was performed using magnetic resonance imaging techniques applied to the brain structure of healthy youngsters that were alcohol users during their adolescence. They also tested control subjects of the same age that were light drinkers. Through three transverse phases performed at the same time. Over 10 years, with ages between 13 and 18 years at the beginning of the investigation.

All participants had good academic results and did not show appreciable differences in mental health problems, while drinkers had not been diagnosed with any alcohol abuse disorder. However, significant statistical differences between the two groups were observed.

Among “drinkers” there is a decrease in the volume of gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex (an area of the brain involved in functions such as regulation of blood pressure and heart rate, and certain functions of higher level, such as reward anticipation, decision making, impulse control and emotion), as well as in the right insula (also linked to the latter functions of higher level).

According to the researchers, the excessive consumption of alcohol can interrupt the maturation process of the areas mentioned, particularly important in the control of impulses and in the sensitivity to the negative subjective effects of alcohol, so that these changes of volume can play an important role in the development of a substance use disorder later in life.

The exact mechanism behind these structural changes is not known, but it appears that some of them may be reversible if alcohol consumption is significantly reduced. And, as always, from Uvinum we recommend – a moderate and responsible consumption of alcohol. Relax and enjoy the pleasure of a glass of good wine without overdoing it.

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Barbazul 2013

 

 

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Pruno 2014

Tips to bubble lovers

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If you consider yourself a lover of cava, champagne and other sparkling wines, we want to give you some ideas so that your taste for sparkling wine expands and you discover new flavors, aromas, forms and experiences that this type of wine can offer you:

1. Give an English Sparkling Wine a Chance

If you have not done it, we recommend that you do it as soon as the opportunity presents itself. The English sparkling wine has had very good reception and positive trend during recent times and can be found in different places. It is made in the same way as Champagne.

2. Attend a tasting event

If you have never been to an event of this type, treat yourself to a course or a tasting specialized in sparkling wine. You will have fun, you will love it and you will learn a lot of things about the bubbles.

3. Visit a vineyard

It is something you should see at least once at some point in life. In fact, there probably is a vineyard very close to you without you knowing it. Whether in Spain, Italy or France, get lost in some of the regions specializing in sparkling wine.

4. Get out of your comfort zone

It is very pleasing to find a good sparkling wine that makes us “click” to think that “is ours”, but we can not or should not be limited to just one sparkling wine. There are many wines of this type all over the world, why not try some of them?

5. Simply pamper yourself!

Enjoying champagne is considered a luxury and should only be enjoyed on “special occasions”. Put aside those paradigms and enjoy a delicious glass of sparkling wine whenever you feel like doing it.

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Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Brut Reserva

 

 

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve

Wine: the liquid viagra

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Although alcohol is believed to reduce a man’s ability to maintain an erection, a new study finds that this may not be quite true. The key is to know what kind of drink is working under this premise. This is, as we will see below, the case of red wine.

These discoveries are the result of a study that has been done for 40 years by scientists from Harvard University in conjunction with the University of East Anglia. It was concluded that middle-aged men who enjoyed a glass of wine accompanied by citrus fruits and berries were less likely to develop erectile dysfunction. This study took a sample of over 50,000 men, who were asked about their ability to maintain an erection long enough to have sex.

“We knew that the intake of certain foods high in flavonoids could reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Professor Aedin Cassidy of the University of East Anglia and responsible for the research. However, this study is the first of its kind to be specific in the association between flavonoids and erectile dysfunction, a condition that affects more than half of middle-aged men and seniors.

Only 3 or 4 parts of flavonoid-rich foods and beverages are associated with reducing the problem. In the United States, the most common sources of anthocyanins, flavones and flavanones consumed are strawberries, blackberries, red wine, apples, pears and citrus products.

As always, wine simply does not cease to amaze. In addition to having many other health benefits, in moderate consumption, we spend a good time with friends and family and keep the flame of passion alive with the partner allowing a full and satisfying sex life.

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Vidigal Porta 6 2015

 

 

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Cabeça de Toiro Reserva 2012

The six grapes most used in the elaboration of Porto

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Although Porto is not as popular a wine as Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, we should not miss the opportunity to taste this wine and know a little more about it. Porto wine (Oporto wine) does not come precisely from a “noble” grape, we might say, but rather a mixture, and there are 6 main grapes that contribute to the majority of the production of this type of wine.

1. Touriga Nacional: is undoubtedly the grape with the most famous reputation of the entire repertoire, the favorite of many producers and farmers and the most used for both the creation of Porto and other table wines. The grape has a thick and dark skin that results in very dark and concentrated wines.

2. Touriga Francesa: is the most harvested grape in the Douro region, the largest and important region in terms of vineyards and viticulture. It is very similar to the Touriga Nacional, and produces much more aromatic wines.

3. Tinta Roriz: This fruit brings an aromatic complexity to the mixture being non native to Portugal, because it comes from the same variety of Tempranillo, which originates in the regions of La Rioja and Navarra in Spain.

4. Baroque ink: it is native to the Douro region, it is the third most harvested variety and gives the Porto depth. However, it must be mixed with other, more acidic grapes as this is very sweet and contains high sugar levels.

5. Tinto Cão: literally means “red dog” and is thought to be the oldest grape in the region, which has adapted very well to the dry and extremely hot climate of Douro. It can be harvested very well even in poor lands and generates high levels of acidity.

6. Tinta Amarela: also known as Trincadeira, is indigenous to Portugal, but is not native to the Douro region. Nowadays, it is rare because the climate does not favor its harvest. However, when used in the mixtures, they produce sweet cherry aromas.

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Port Graham’s Tawny

 

 

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Ferreira Dona Antonia Reserva

4 keys that indicate which wines young people want to drink

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Movement Wine DO, an initiative promoted by the Spanish Conference of Regulatory Councils Vitivinícolas (CECRV), it aims to bring the values of wine with Appellation to young people. A survey conducted through social networks, with a participation of 1000 people, show us which are the preferences as well as the trends concerning wine culture among young people. The main conclusions were as follows:

1. Quality above all

The most important thing to consider for young people today is the quality of what they consume. So said 93% of the respondents, while the second most important factor, according to 74% of the participants, is that wine has Appellation. The price comes in third place and the brand is only an important factor for 16% of the participants.

2. Appellation

As mentioned in the previous point, this is a fundamental (47%) feature that young people take into account when choosing a wine. Another 49% said they always have this in mind when consuming wine.

3. Red is the preferred choice

Being the king of kings among wines, red wine is the preferred choice for contemporary consumers. Although they drink the other types, “red” is leading in the race preferences, followed by white, sparkling, pink and others like fine, liqueur or sweets.

4. Drink to enjoy time with loved ones

The main reason why wine drinking among young people is to enjoy it with friends, 74%, and with a partner by 71%. There is no doubt that the best moments are enjoyed more and better with a good glass of wine.

 

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Château Charmail 2010

 

 

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Château Caronne Sainte-Gemme 2010

Why can a wine can cost much more (or less) than another?

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Every so often we read or hear that in a blind tasting a cheaper wine has outscored a much more expensive one. It can happen, of course. There are some wines from 5€ which, comparatively, have nothing to envy one of 20€. But that still does not mean that many of the wines that cost 20 or 30 or 100 euros are not worth the extra cost.

So, is the quality always appropriate compared to the price? For example, a study published in the spring of 2008 by the Journal of Wine Economics, where 506 people participated (12% of which were knowledgeable in the field) concluded that regular consumers are not familiar with the art of how to best value wines with lower price, while the connoisseurs made a better judgement between the price and the quality of the wine.

As you might understand from the study, there are some qualities of the wine valued better if you have more knowledge of wine, but the average consumers do not have the sufficient knowledge to properly value the different wines. But if one has a certain degree of inside on the subject itself, one can value more objectively and according to the price it has. Thus, we could deduce that the more expertise you have about wine the more some specific qualities are appreciated, without detracting your personal taste (at the end the most important thing is that you drink the wine you like and that you enjoy it).

Beyond studies and knowledge, and as David Williams explains in an article recently published in The Guardian, the price of wine can also be explained with issues of taxes, the cost of land or marketing, all elements necessary for the wine to reach our tables.

To begin with, the more expensive a wine is, the more VAT tax levied on it and this input itself will be raising the price. However, if it is less expensive, less VAT is added. Then there is the issue of land prices: in places like Burgundy or French Champagne region, the land prices are astronomical, the most expensive in the world by far. So this also affects the final price of the product.

Moreover, we can not forget that there are processes more expensive than others, which require more hands and more time processing and therefore more investment. If a producer selects the best grapes from the bad before and during harvest and also makes it manually, you must pay more than others that combine grapes and get a higher volume. And, as a result, you will notice in the price (and most likely in quality).

So it makes sense to think that most of the time a higher priced wine has features that increase its value, without implying that the wines of lower prices should be avoided. On the contrary, the best thing is being able to enjoy a wine considering the occasion and valuing it within its range. Because … we do not always want to eat caviar, do we? Well, the same concept can be applied to wine.

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El Molar 2015: a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo that is based on 2015 garnacha and has an alcohol content of 15%.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005:  a red wine from Rioja with the best graciano and tempranillo grapes from the 2005 vintage and has an alcohol content of 13%.