A paper that combined the results of 84 previous studies found that moderate drinkers of alcohol have a 14-25 percent decreased risk of cardiovascular disease compared with abstainers. This includes stroke, coronary heart disease, and heart attacks. What's more, Robinson says that red wine can even help further reduce cholesterol in men who are already taking statins. Many researchers believe the effects are even stronger for red wine because it contains resveratrol. A phytonutrient that acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, resveratrol is believed to prevent blood vessel damage, reduce bad cholesterol, and prevent blood clots.