Red wine contains many antioxidants that are good for lowering cholesterol. Lower cholesterol means a lower chance of heart attack, stroke and blood clots. It contains a polyphenol called reservatrol, which helps to maintain the lining of the blood vessels. Reservatrol may very well be the key ingredient that helps to lower "bad" cholesterol. Although more research is needed on reservatrol, Mayo Clinic notes that reservatrol is linked to reduced inflammation and reduced blood clotting.
Aside from reservatrol found in red wine, alcohol in itself is known to have health benefits when you drink in moderation. It increases good cholesterol, helps to prevent damage of the heart caused by bad cholesterol and lowers the bad cholesterol.
I am in no way endorsing an alcoholic lifestyle, as drinking too much wine, or more than 2 glasses a day on a daily basis can put you at risk for more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, cancer, liver damage and obesity, all of which have severe complications.
However, if you indulge just right, you can achieve a healthier lifestyle that will greatly benefit you and your family. After all, I know quite a few people who have a glass of red wine a day to lower their cholesterol, who have not become alcoholics. If you can be responsible, enjoy your heart healthy wine!