Mediterranean Way of Drinking and Longevity

  title={Mediterranean Way of Drinking and Longevity},
  author={Attilio Giacosa and Roberto Barale and Luigi Bavaresco and Milena Anna Faliva and Vincenzo Gerbi and Carlo la Vecchia and Eva Negri and Annalisa Opizzi and Simone Perna and Mario Pezzotti and Mariangela Rondanelli},
  journal={Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition},
  pages={635 - 640}
The relation between alcohol consumption and mortality is a J-shaped curve in most of the many studies published on this topic. The Copenhagen Prospective Population Studies demonstrated in the year 2000 that wine intake may have a beneficial effect on all cause mortality that is additive to that of alcohol. Wine contains various poliphenolic substances which may be beneficial for health and in particular flavonols (such as myricetin and quercetin), catechin and epicatechin, proanthocyanidins… 

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