By Meredith Sheldon

You no longer have to feel guilty about that glass of wine at the end of a long day. Drinking red wine (in moderation, of course) is actually beneficial to your health.

Reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes

Along with the proper diet and exercise, drinking wine is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes. According to a study in Diabetes In Control, wine offered the greatest protection against developing Type 2 diabetes compared to other alcoholic beverages.

It is heart-healthy

Drinking red wine can help your heart. Antioxidants, such as resveratrol, can protect artery walls and prevent heart disease, according to Mayo Clinic.

Keeps the brain active

Wine drinkers have better cognitive health than nondrinkers, according to a study in Neuroepidemiology, a medical journal.

Helps with tooth decay

Who knew booze could brighten your smile? Red wine has polyphenols that keep bacteria from clinging to your teeth and getting in your gums, according to the American Dental Association.

It lowers your cholesterol

Drinking more red wine can boosts your good cholesterol (HDL) and can help to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL), according to PRP Wine International. If you have high cholesterol, you might want to consider drinking a glass of red wine at night to help your health.

Drinking wine leads to weight loss

A compound in red grapes can help to block certain process that enable fat cells to grow, according to a study from Purdue University.