One More Reason to Love Wine

New study examines the illness fighting powers of wine.

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Remember that one time when you tried to figure out how many days in a row you could go out drinking? But then, after 3 1 /2 weeks, you got inexplicably sick and were forced to stop your Dionysian ways? Next time, you might want to try drinking just wine, and lots of it. Studies suggest that wine not only helps you fight heart disease and the ravages of time (if you're capable of drinking hundreds of glasses a day), but also—because of its antibacterial qualities—it may prevent strep throat, Penn State's Daily Collegian reports.

Sound too good to be true? The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Pavia in northern Italy, an area known for wine production. Don't throw out your Listerine quite yet. —Alison Go