Why do Italian wine drinkers live to 95?
- ?Lv 72 months ago
I live in Italy and this is nonsense.
- 3 months ago
because they like wine very much
- 3 months ago
They don't all live to 95. And for the ones who do live to 95, it's probably not all for the same reason.
Cooking pretty much every meal of every day from scratch at home, and if they did go out to eat it was at a restaurant that serves "real food", was the very strong social expectation among all of the Italians who are now 95. And because home cooking from scratch was the expectation, you had no choice but to eat together with your parents every day, and because cooking from scratch is more work, as soon as you were old enough you'd be in the kitchen too. (Probably not everyone equally, girls were traditionally expected to do more, but nobody was really exempt either.)
Italians who are old now, know that binge-drinking is a stupid idea and only for alcoholics. Drinking wine was always normal and ordinary, and (this might be the important part), the first thousand times you drank wine, you were young, and your parents and your brothers and sisters were all around the table watching you. Learning about drinking as a normal thing at home in front of your whole family is very different from waiting to learn it as a forbidden thing later.
There's a theme here, that when Italians who are old now were kids and younger teenagers, their food and alcohol were completely chosen by their parents every day, and they basically never had a chance to eat or drink without the whole family watching.
Even though 21st-century American families work differently, it's still clear that the way people are socialized has a major effect on how (and what) we eat and drink. If your friends are fat drunks who eat bad food all the time, you're very likely to act the same as they do. If your friends are health-obsessed (and therefore egotistical) freaks who waste their lives on frantic dieting and frantic exercise and frantic meditation, you'll probably do those things too. If you have no healthy friends AND you never learned how to cook AND you tend to drink too much, you're probably in real trouble.
There are people who (almost superstitiously) believe drinking alone is always bad, but that's not really true. Drinking alone is fine, if you don't start any stupid habits. But they do kind of have a point: IF YOU HAVE GOOD FRIENDS, then you'll act better in front of them than you would alone. And eating alone is kind of the same thing: I'm sure we've all eaten in a way we wouldn't want our friends to see.
So, the key isn't an exact diet or an exact amount of wine. The key is to have good friends and good family (or at least one or the other, not everyone is lucky to have both) **who you regularly eat in front of** and who have good stable healthy non-crazy non-fad habits, and it's you teaching your kids how to cook, and it's hopefully the first thousand times your kids drink, it's your wine at home in front of you, and nobody makes a big deal out of it.
And if your lifestyle doesn't allow you to do most of your eating in front of your family or friends, then you need to change that right away. (If you freely choose to live alone and you're an OK cook and you don't have kids and you're not an alcoholic, then you can damn well do what you want. :) )
- MarkLv 73 months ago
Because they do not get drunk, But, if you are so interested, you should your G.P..
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- DCM5150Lv 73 months ago
There are lots of studies showing the health benefits of red wine in moderation. Olive oil is also relatively beneficial
- kswck2Lv 73 months ago
Because WINE is GOOD!
- 3 months ago
Why bother dying when you're enjoying yourself?