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Red wine, when consumed in small quantities by responsible adults, has many purported health benefits. Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found within red wine, can reduce heart disease, career risk, and even aging – and synthetic forms of the compound don’t come close to the efficiency of those found within red wine. Some doctors recommend that their older patients drink one or two glasses a day to receive the benefits. Yet many have serious concerns about this recommendation. For starters, any more than the 1-2 recommended glasses has the exact opposite effect – drinking alcohol in excess is one of the most devastating things that you can do to your body, and many adults might use the “doctor approved” nature of red wine to justify excessive alcohol consumption. Worse, many people who might not otherwise be tempted to drink at all might take up wine for health reasons, despite our knowledge that alcohol in any quantity can destroy our health, our social lives, our work lives, and countless other factors. Should doctors be recommending this practice?

Perspective One:

Doctors have a responsibility to report the facts, and the science says that red wine in small quantities is good for adults. Anything in excess is bad for us, but that shouldn’t stop doctors from prescribing a way to improve our health and lengthen our lives.

Perspective Two:

The idea of “prescribing” red wine to adults is preposterous. The risks and drawbacks of alcohol consumption far outweigh the benefits of a single healthy compound it’s akin to “prescribing” cigarettes because nicotine might prevent Parkinson’s.

Perspective Three:

Our knowledge of health is always evolving, and it’s good that we’re experimenting with new and innovative ways of extending our lives and improving our health. The benefits and drawbacks might still be in flux, but we should always be trying new things to improve our lives.


Write a unified, coherent essay (300-500 words) about doctors recommending red wine to their patients. In your essay, be sure to:

– clearly state your own perspective on the issue and analyze the relationship between your perspective and at least one other perspective

– develop and support your ideas with reasoning and examples

-organize your ideas clearly and logically

– communicate your ideas effectively in standard written English

Your perspective may be in full agreement with any of those given, in partial agreement, or completely different.

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