In all, 27 specialists from 10 countries will present papers at the Wine Health 2013 meeting, a news agency cited the Australian Associated Press (AAP) as saying.

The Australian wine industry hopes the discussion will influence policy discussions on wine and health. "Unfortunately, as Australia debates how to deal with health and social issues around alcohol abuse, we are now hearing claims from some lobby groups that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption," said Paul Evans, Chief Executive of Winemakers Federation of Australia.

Clare Hughes, nutrition programme manager for Cancer Council New South Wales, said people who drink should follow the government's alcohol guidelines.

The Heart Foundation of Australia recommends people eat at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day to ensure sufficient antioxidant intake.


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