The Wine Controversy: High Alcohol Level vs. Wine Health Benefits

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Looking for a healthy wine? Leading immunologist warns people about the alcohol level on the impact of wine health benefits.

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The benefits of wine are indisputable,” Dr. Dobri Kiprov explains. "However, I recommend table wines, which contain low alcohol levels.

As the popularity of wine grows in the U.S., there has been a steady demand for vintages with excessively high alcohol content. In fact, in a recent Wall Street Journal article waxed poetic about the merits of high alcohol wines. Yet according to wine connoisseur and world renowned immunologist, Dobri Kiprov, M.D., those statements are not only misleading—but also potentially dangerous.

Dr. Kiprov, who is the producer and director of the educational DVD Wine Fundamentals, often recommends certain wines to his patients for the antioxidants and numerous wine health benefits. However, he explains that high alcohol wines can have just the opposite effect.

“The benefits of wine are indisputable,” Dr. Kiprov explains. “I recommend the moderate consumption, generally one or two glasses with food per day. However, I recommend table wines, which contain low alcohol levels.”

According to Dr. Kiprov, it is often overlooked that “table wines” contain low levels of alcohol, generally limited to a maximum of 14% alcohol, for good reason. According to a recent statement by The American Heart Association, consuming too much alcohol can raise the levels of some fats in the blood, known as triglycerides. It may also lead to high blood pressure, increased calorie intake and in some cases cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure.

Dr. Dobri Kiprov states, “There is no need to abstain from drinking wine. It can be beneficial. People need to educate themselves about the wine basics and the health benefits of low alcohol wines. People also need to drink responsibly.”

About Dr. Kiprov: Dr. Dobri Kiprov, M.D., HP is Chief of Immunotherapy at California’s Pacific Medical Center and San Francisco. He is also the creator and producer of Lifestyle In Motion, a revolutionary health program, which offers invaluable medical insights on the healing powers of food, boosting your immune system, controlling your weight and preventing disease. To learn more visit or

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