Wine and Good Health

Wine is synonymous with conviviality and sharing. It is deeply rooted in our cultural and gastronomic heritage. Wine also plays an important social part, as it lies at the heart of our family and professional celebrations; it gathers together families, couples, friends and colleagues.
Wine nonetheless remains an alcoholic beverage that must be consumed in moderation to properly enjoy it.

Moderate Consumption versus Excessive Consumption

Excessive consumption may cause major health issues, such as alcoholism and illness (cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholic psychosis, cancer...), and can negatively impact behaviour leading to aggressive and violent tendencies.

Consumption levels that do not cause health risks are estimated at:

- 3 to 4 units a day for a man (maximum of 21 units per week)
- 2 to 3 units a day for a woman (maximum of 14 units per week), except for pregnant women.
1 unit of alcohol = 10 grams of pure alcohol

A Bit of Math: How are Units of Alcohol Consumed Calculated?
Alcohol strength (% of vol.) x quantity (liters) = Units of alcohol

Never attempt to "catch up" on unconsumed weekly servings of alcohol over the week-end. This type of behaviour can have negative effects on the body.

In terms of volume, here are the results for various alcoholic beverages:



Units of Alcohol

Half pint of beer (5.2% vol.)

 25 cl


Glass of wine (12% vol.) (i.e. Champagne)

 12.5 cl


Glass of wine (14% vol.)

 12.5 cl


Spirits (40% vol.)

 25 ml


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