Orthodox medicine believes that those who have a high fat diet and smoke excessively will have a shorter than average lifespan due to a higher incidence of heart disease. In France this is not so, creating the so-called French paradox.
On analysing the French diet it was found that the French took small amounts of wine (usually red) with their meals from an early age. It is now believed that the regular consumption of wine protects the heart from the effects of fat and tobacco, but only if taken in moderation. The French drink regularly and often, but rarely get drunk.
There is a 30% reduction in heart disease amongst light to moderate red wine drinkers when compared to total abstainers.