If you’re of age and enjoy a little treat every now and again, you may be among the many Americans that drink wine on a regular basis. While this is traditional in many cultures and accepted in more, did you know that it can come with strong health benefits as well? If you are headed out to a pub and grill in New Jersey, consider adding a glass of wine to your order—you can relax and enjoy some great benefits!

  • How do you spell smart? Start with W-I-N-E! Wine contains a compound called resveratrol, which may improve short-term memory. In particular, resveratrol can improve the retention of words, increase brain performance, enhance new memory formation, and improve learning and emotional management.

  • Skip the gym! The same compound that helps your brain work better may also provide health benefits similar to a regular workout. Resveratrol can improve heart, bone, and brain function, making wine a wise choice for exercisers.

  • Keep your teeth shiny clean. Wait, doesn’t wine stain teeth? While red wine can stain teeth, it can also reduce the bacteria that causes plaque, potentially reducing the possibity of getting cavities. However, considering that wine is slightly acidic and may wear away at the enamel of your teeth, make sure to limit your consumption accordingly. Drinking water after consuming alcohol or other acidic beverages can further improve your dental health.

  • Escape the common cold! For many years, people have hunted for the miracle cure—while wine may not exactly “cure” colds, it has been shown with reducing cold infection rates as compared to liquor or beer. While the exact mechanism of defense is unclear, many scientists believe that the antioxidants in wine lower inflammation in the body, reducing the risk of lowered immune response and cold infection.

  • Regulate blood sugar. Polyphenols are present in high levels in red wine, and these compounds are key to regulating blood sugar, managing the way your body handles fat, and stabilizing digestion. For the best results, choose red wine.

  • Dodge depression. People who drink between two and seven glasses of wine per week are less likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who drank a similar amount of beer or liquor, or who consumed no alcoholic beverages during the study period. While lifestyle plays a role in these results, they do not adequately explain the statistical differences between the two groups. The key here is moderation—two to seven glasses per week is at most one per day. Downing an entire bottle every night is more likely to contribute to depression and other psychological disorders.

Despite these great benefits, there are some risks and drawbacks associated with alcohol, especially if you consume in excess of the recommended amounts. If you have health concerns that may make drinking alcohol safe, a family history of alcoholism, or if you are the one responsible for driving your party home safely from the bar in New Jersey at the end of the day, consider sticking with juice or water. Always consume safely, and have fun at your local pub and grill!