Unfortunately, the sugar in wine, beer, white bread. and soda hits the liver in such a fast-burning stampede that the liver is overloaded. As a result, it sends it off to the body as raw sugar in the blood, or converts it directly into hard-to-burn fat. Our metabolic process is simply not optimized to handle fast-burning sugars.
And research shows that overall, inflammation creates conditions that increase the risk of cancer, depression, dementia, and heart disease.
Then there are the toxins in the alcohol itself. Your liver is an incredible machine. It protects us from vast amounts of environmental toxins, but its capacity is limited. If you increase the demands on your liver, your liver will age faster. Studies have shown that the biological age of a person’s organs can be more than a decade older or younger than the person's calendar age. As your organs age, their ability to protect your body and brain deteriorates.
As our organ’s capabilities decline, there is increased damage caused by environmental toxins, increased inflammation, and further reduced organ reserve. It’s a deadly cycle.
The Bottom Line
When you drink wine and other sugary drinks, you increase your internal inflammation and reduce your body’s ability to process future toxins. We don’t yet know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s, but chronic inflammation and toxin exposure are high on the list.
In fact, the link between dementia and alcohol is strong enough that Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recently amended their guidelines for dementia prevention to encourage people to reduce the amount they drink as much as possible.
And as far as that recent study goes? While resveratrol is a great molecule in the test tube, you'd need to drink 1,000 bottles of wine in a day to get a therapeutic dose. Riding a bike for an hour a day will do far more to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s — and it has the added benefit of making you feel and look great.
So go ahead and enjoy that first glass. But any more than that, and the damage of drinking wine will far outweigh the benefit of a sprinkle of resveratrol.