If you enjoy unwinding with a glass of wine, then this may be the news you’ve been waiting for. Leading scientist, Dr. Kari Poikolainen, says drinking just over a bottle a day won’t harm your health. In fact, he says, “The weight of the evidence shows moderate drinking is better than abstaining and heavy drinking is worse than abstaining–however the moderate amounts can be higher than the guidelines say.” According to, Dr. Poikolainen heavy drink starts at around 13 units a day and a bottle of wine contains only about 10 units.
According to the Daily Mail in England, Dr. Kari Poikolainen is advising people that most government recommendations about alcohol consumption are too restrictive. He also claims that people who exceed the recommended limit could live longer than teetotalers.
Dr. Kari Poikolainen is a doctor of medical science and adjunct professor in public health at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He was a former official at the World Health Organization and is also the former research director at the Foundation for Alcohol Studies in Helsinki, Finland. His research has focused on the causes and consequences of alcohol intake.
In Poikolainen’s “Perfect Drinking and Its Enemies,” published in February 2014, he exhorts readers to “protect yourself from moral panic, well-meant nannying, and patronizing.”
FYI for those who prefer to drink other alcohol than wine the following is the approximate pure alcohol equivalents of a bottle of wine:
Spirits (Whiskey, vodka, etc.): 10 oz
Beer: 6-7 12 oz bottles
This is based on a 750ml bottle containing approximately 25.4 ounces.
Perfect Drinking and Its Enemies
Honing your drinking skills can be more than fun—it also brings about health benefits and thrills the taste buds. Perfect Drinking and its Enemies helps you to perfect your drinking, be it water, coffee, tea, wine, beer, liquor or something else, however, the main focus is on alcoholic beverages, since many common beliefs on the effects of alcohol and alcohol policy are biased. You’ll be surprised. Learn how to shun the enemies of perfect drinking. Protect yourself from moral panic, well-meant nannying and patronizing. Know the health risks. Avoid the dangers of alcoholism. Seek to oppose counterproductive alcohol policies. Author Kari Poikolainen is a doctor of medical science and adjunct professor in public health at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research has focused on the causes and consequences of alcohol intake. He was the Research Director at the Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies before he retired to write this book.