I don't believe there is a straight answer to this one. Too many variables. I gave up smoking and took up wine somewhere along the way. Better than smoking, right? Started to be too much so I stopped buying it. I can tell you that the one glass I had last Friday night with our dinner at a restaurant was amazing and I deeply enjoyed it. The second glass... Was a bit much and I could have done without. My point is we are all different and as some others have said, if it truly reduces some stress in life, and you can keep it under control, then IMO, that is good for you. As far as life expectancy -- my great grandma lived to 100 years old and really didn't have many health issues. She drank a lot of green tea, ate a lot of bananas, she enjoyed her occasional wine, and most importantly -- she was happy. Lived a long, great life. Wine included.
"Do other things to take care of your emotional and physical needs, and youíll take pressure off your diet to fix things itís not meant to fix." -- Mark