Alcohol and the Mediterranean Diet (Alcohol is Major Part)

The Mediterranean diet has long been recognized as being highly effective to good health. It’s also very useful in reducing the risks cardiovascular diseases. Both alcohol and the Mediterranean diet can improve health. But what’s the Mediterranean diet and what’s the importance of alcohol in it?

alcohol and the Mediterrianian dietThe Diet

The Mediterranian diet is

  • Consuming alcohol (beer, wine and liquor) regularly and in moderation.
  • Limiting meat and dairy products.
  • Eating lots of veggies, legumes, nuts, fruits, cereals and fish.
  • Eating monounsaturated fats over saturated fats.

Researchers at the University of Athens made an analysis of Greek data from the European study EPIC. They did so at a scientific meeting.

They calculated the specific sources of the health benefits provided by the Mediterranean diet. Here are their findings.

  • Moderate alcohol (beer, wine, liquor or spirits) consumtion (24%)
  • Low intake of meat and meat products (17%)
  • High vegetable consumption (16%).

     Nut and fruit consumption (11%).

     Monounsaturated-to-saturated fat consumption (11%).

     Legume consumption (11%).

In addition to reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, the diet also gives many other health and long-life benefits.

Resources: Drinking Alcohol and the Mediterranean Diet

For recipes and other helpful info, visit the Oldways website. (Pyramid by permission Oldways.)

Useful Readings

Raffetto, M. and Peterson, W. The Mediterranean Diet for Dummies. Hoboken: Wiley, 2017.

Riolo, A. The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds, 2015.

Sanchez, A. The Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease through the Mediterranean Diet. London: Academic, 2018.

Santos, R. The Mediterranean Diet.Berkeley: Ulysses, 2017.

Web Pages

Drinkers Live Longer: Why?

Alcohol, Health & Longevity. Is it the Alcohol or the Lifestyle?

Moderate Drinking Reduces Heart and Circulation Diseases.

Alcohol, Tradition, and Health. How are They Connected?


Am Coun Sci and Health. Clarifying the Mediterranean diet. Health and Sci Dispatch. May, 2013.

Phend, C. Mediterranean Diet Still being Refined. MedPage Today, April 22, 2013.


At this point you now know much more about alcohol and the Mediterranean diet than most people. So congratulations!