The moderate consumption of wine -Between two and seven drinks a week-, is associated with a lower risk of developing depression, according to the results of a study conducted by Predimed Network (Prevention through Mediterranean Diet), which has been published in 'BMC Medicine' , one of the most important magazines in the sector.
Miguel A. Martínez-González, professor at the University of Navarra and director of the research, explained that they followed 5,500 drinkers, aged between 55 and 80 years, who had never suffered from depression, and whose consumption of alcohol was between light and moderate and had not caused problems previously, and observed that there was an inverse association between these consumption and the appearance of new cases of depression.
This expert has pointed out that although other previous studies showed that a high alcohol consumption triggers mental disorders such as depression, there were very few who valued the relationship between a low-moderate alcohol consumption and mental health.
The study observed that there was an inverse association between a low-moderate alcohol consumption and the appearance of new cases of depression
The authors of the study found that people who used to drink between two and seven glasses of wine a week - and did not exceed one glass a day - were less likely to suffer from depression, and the results continued to be significant when they were taken into account other social or lifestyle factors such as type of diet, tobacco use, or marital status.
According to Martínez-González, moderate alcohol intake can protect against depressive disorders, as has already been shown to happen in the case of coronary diseases. And he adds that other previous research shows that certain components of wine, such as resveratrol, can have beneficial effects for the brain.