I mentioned previously that I was going to have one glass of wine with dinner, and I have kept that up. But reading Mireille's thoughts on wine versus liquor definitely challenged the last few remaining desires I had for liquor.
The alcohol content of such beverages can be three to four times greater than that of the same amount of wine, so you are getting vastly more calories together with a duller sense of taste. Also dulled is your natural sense of contentment, and you invariably eat more.So the bit about liquor dulling your senses is incredibly true. Plus, since I would usually mix my rum or whiskey with a coke, I was getting a lot more calories than I should have. I was lucky (kind of) in that I could control my appetite when I was drinking. Most of my friends have to make stops at Thai places or McDonalds to feast. Others would go home and have giant bowls of cereals, with some meatballs on the side (true story!).
Wine can also enhance your health if absorbed in small daily doses, and always, always, always with food. Aside from containing fewer calories per volume than most alcoholic drinks, fine wine is also full of nutrients and recognized to thin the blood and lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
Mireille does have a bit on how wine will make you feel fancy, and you'll enjoy your eating experience more. I do enjoy eating more, but I don't really feel any different. I still eat in front of the tv most nights. But I'm mentioning it because I'm sure it's true for some people, and if that's what it takes for you, then fantastic.
Also, love the health benefits. Stick to one glass though (two tops!). Anything more than that, and you lose everything you've been working for, healthwise and calorie-wise.