Too Much Wine Might Cause a Hangover, But Not Arsenic Poisoning

Earlier this year, a handful of wine drinkers filed a class action lawsuit against several wineries for knowingly producing wine contaminated with arsenic. They argued that because levels of arsenic in some wine exceeded the level of arsenic set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water (something Americans of all ages consume in much greater quantities than wine), these wines pose a risk to consumers. We explained all the reasons why the lawsuit was ridiculous in our blog post here.

Now, two new studies published in the Journal of Environmental Health confirms adults shouldn’t fear arsenic poisoning from drinking red wine.

Research from Denise Wilson of the University of Washington found that samples of red wine from around the U.S. averaged 24 parts per billion (ppb) of arsenic. (The EPA’s drinking water standard is 95 ppb.) Wilson then looked how much arsenic Americans regularly consume through other dietary staples known to contain higher levels of arsenic, including rice, cereal, apple juice, etc. She concluded that red wine consumption poses no arsenic risk to adults, but there is some concern for infants drinking certain formulas sweetened by organic brown rice syrup.

Looking for more assurance? Check out our post on the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption here.