5 BENEFITS OF WINEThe Benefit: PromotesLongevityThe Evidence: Wine drinkershave a 34 percent lowermortality rate than beer orspirits drinkers. Source: aFinnish study of 2,468 menover a 29-year period,published in the Journals ofGerontology,2007.The Benefit: Slows BrainDeclineThe Evidence: Brain functiondeclines at a markedly fasterrate in nondrinkers than inmoderate drinkers. Source: aColumbia University study of1,416 people, published inNeuroepidemiology, 2006.The Benefit: Cuts Risk ofColon CancerThe Evidence: Moderateconsumption of wine(especially red) cuts the risk ofcolon cancer by 45 percent.Source: a Stony BrookUniversity study of 2,291individuals over a four-yearperiod, published in theAmerican Journal ofGastroenterology, 2005.The Benefit: Cuts Risk ofCataractsThe Evidence: Moderatedrinkers are 32 percent lesslikely to get cataracts thannondrinkers; those whoconsume wine are 43 percentless likely to develop cataractsthan those drinking mainlybeer. Source: a study of 1,379individuals in Iceland,published in Nature, 2003.The Benefit: Lowers Riskof StrokeThe Evidence: The possibilityof suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about50 percent in people whoconsume moderate amountsof alcohol. Source: aColumbia University study of3,176 individuals over aneight-year period, published inStroke, 2006.