Ever wondered why consuming white wine leaves some women upset and depressed sometimes?
Researchers suggest it could be due to the ingredients in white wine and the way women react to it. Here are three reasons why white wine affects women differently than other alcohols.
White wine contains more sulphites: Research suggests that white wine contains more sulphites than red wine. Sulphites have been associated with ‘drinking blues’ and depression as well as a range of other effects, such as allergies and headaches. Sulphites are naturally present in grapes, and small quantities are added to wine before it is fermented in order to preserve it, maintain its freshness and eliminate yeasts and microbes.
White wine contains more sugar: According to Britain’s Food Standards Agency, white wine contains up to 10 times more sugar than red wine.
Women react faster to alcohol: Women also react more quickly to alcohol. According to research conducted at the University of Missouri, Columbia, not only did women get drunk faster, but had more severe hangovers than men.
Here are some tips to drink white wine without harming your health.
• Be mindful about measures
If you choose to drink white wine, drink it from a smaller glass. A normal 125ml glass of wine contains around 1.5 units, but a 250ml contains over 3 units.
• Avoid your triggers
If you always drink a glass of wine to celebrate a good day or to drink your sorrows away, try doing something else instead. An alcohol-free meal can make you feel good, too, while an intense workout is great for stress relief.
• Maintain alcohol-free days
Drinking regularly makes your body build up a tolerance to alcohol. Make it a point to regularly take days off from drinking in order to keep an addiction away.
• Drink wine that has a low alcohol content
The alcohol percentage of normal wine ranges from 9 to 15 percent. Try choosing a bottle with a low alcohol content.
• Pamper yourself
Save up for a special bottle of wine that’s expensive enough to want to savour it over a week, instead of guzzling it down in one night.
• Always track of how much you’re drinking
If you decide to drink, maintain a record of exactly what you’ve consumed over the week. This will give you a precise idea of whether you’re drinking a safe amount or not.