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Almost Half Of Country’s Wine Consumed By Millennials

Millennials consume half of America's wine.

CREDIT: Flickr user Daniel Go.

New research by the Wine Market Council, a non-profit association made up of wine businesses and organizations, found that Millennials drank almost half of the country’s wine last year.

According to research on drinking behaviors, Millennials consumed 42 percent of the country’s wine in 2015, averaging 3.1 glasses per gathering. Additionally, between 2005 and 2010, Millennials were responsible for a surge in the number of high frequency wine drinkers, which increased by six points to 13.9 percent of the legal drinking age population.

While there are five ounces in a standard glass of wine, a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that people could be over pouring when they fill their own glasses.

When a standard, 10 ounce glass was used, the study found that people usually poured 3.95 fluid ounces of wine, but that number changed depending on the type of glass or wine.

When pouring wine into a wider glass, people poured around 11.9 percent more, and when the wine was white, they poured 9.2 percent more into a glass. The study also found that people poured 12.2 percent more wine when the glass was in their hand instead of on a table.

With over pouring becoming an issue, both the benefits and risks associated with drinking wine, and alcohol overall, should be considered before consumption.

Drinking wine can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other heart-related health issues, a reduction risk that studies have shown to be between 25 and 40 percent. Moderate drinkers were also less likely to develop gallstones or type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t drink.

In a 1985 health interview, those who identified themselves as moderate drinkers were more likely to be at a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and get an average of seven to eight hours of sleep per night than those who reported not drinking. Additionally, having a drink can benefit digestion when consumed before a meal, be a stress reliever, or serve as a social stimulant during gatherings.

However, there are risks associated with drinking, including liver inflammation and scarring. Heavy drinking can lead to increased blood pressure and heart muscle damage, and alcohol has also been linked with several cancers in both men and women.

The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research suggest there is strong proof connecting the consumption of alcohol with mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, breast, and colon and rectum cancer in men. In women, there is probable evidence connecting alcohol with liver and colorectal cancer.

There is also the risk of alcohol abuse or dependence, which 17.6 million people in the U.S. suffer from, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

Matt Wotus is a reporter for Generation Progress, covering health and health care. Follow him on Instagram at @mawotus_27.

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