New Covid study suggests drinking wine and champagne may reduce risk of virus

A glass of wine before bed has long been ascribed as a natural medication against most ills, so it was only a matter of time before someone claimed it could beat Covid.

Luckily for us, a new study into the virus has given us an excuse to dig out our corkscrews after boffings found that drinking wine could actually reduce your risk of coronavirus.

The study, which is published by Frontiers in Nutrition, examined medical records of 473,957 people in the UK Biobank as well as their drinking habits and Covid history during the course of the pandemic.

The boozy study found that those who consumed five or more glasses of red wine a week were up to 17% less likely to be at risk of being infected by the virus as compared to those who didn't drink at all.

Is there any reason behind this? Well as it happens, yes.

Red wine has a naturally high polyphenol content which is said to inhibit the likes of the flu and other respiratory conditions.

And in good news for fans of white wine and champagne, these drinks too decreased the risk according to the Daily Record.

It states that people who drink one to four glasses a week of both drinks could lower their risk from by up to eight per cent.

Unfortunately, this doesn't apply to all booze though, in fact some drinks actually increase your chance of infection.

Beer and cider each put you at an increased risk of 28% compared to non-drinkers. In addition, those who drank five glasses of spirits or more per week were also at an increased risk.

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It concluded: "The covid risk appears to vary across different alcoholic beverage subtypes, frequency, and amount.

"Red wine, white whine, and champagne have the chances to reduce the risk of Covid-19.

"Consumption of beer and cider and spirits and heavy drinking are not recommended during the epidemics.

"Public health guidance should focus on reducing the risk of Covid-19 by advocating healthy lifestyle habits and preferential policies among consumers of beer and cider and spirits."

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