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Wine could make you drunker than you think

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2016 | Blood Alcohol Tests |

Many New Jersey residents enjoy a glass of red wine with their dinners, particular those who indulge in Italian fare. While wine might be a regular part of your evening meal, it is valuable to learn what some researchers have discovered about the vino that you innocently enjoy and love. 

Do you know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Well, according to recent studies it is fitting to warn, “Don’t judge a wine by its label.” The wine packaging shows the percentage of alcohol in the wine, but those labels apparently are not as accurate as we once thought. 

Specifically, the researchers found that about 60 percent of the 100,000 wines they studied have an average of 0.42 percent more alcohol in their contents than they report. That means that those who are trying to be conscious about their alcohol intake might be making certain judgments based on faulty information. 

Sources suggest that the information is not just faulty, but lies. They argue that there are marketing and tax reasons why wine manufacturers would list lower levels of alcohol content on their products. Consumers should be especially careful when drinking Chilean and Spanish red wines, as well as American and Chilean white wines, as researchers found the most misleading alcohol content labels to be on those products. 

This labeling issue is concerning because it might mean that wine drinkers are getting more intoxicated than they plan to get. Those couple of glasses of wine that you thought would not impact your driving might impact your judgment more than you thought — even if you thought you were being careful. 



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