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January 13, 2012 • News

Put Down the Pinot – Turns Out the ‘Red Wine is Good for You’ Report Was Falsified!

I have been a red wine lover since … well, forever it seems. I have always known that moderation is all things is key, that too much of a good thing is never a good thing. I never assumed that any amount of alcohol was beneficial, so when the study came out a while ago about the possible benefits of moderate red wine consumption … well I was thrilled.

Turns out the victory dances were premature, as the researcher behind the study has just been found guily of “145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data”.

The depressing quote from Medical News Today:

An extensive misconduct investigation that took three years to complete and produced a 60,000-page report, concludes that a researcher who has come to prominence in recent years for his investigations into the beneficial properties of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, “is guilty of 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data”.

In a statement published on the university’s news website on Wednesday, the University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center said the investigation has led them to inform 11 scientific journals that had published studies conducted by Dr Dipak K. Das, a professor in the university’s Department of Surgery and director of its Cardiovascular Research Center.

The internal investigation, which covered seven years of work in Das’s lab, was triggered by an anonymous allegation of “research irregularities” in 2008.

So now we have to return to the real world in which red wine is an indulgence to be enjoyed sparingly and occasionally like so many other extravagances.

As someone who does research and experimentation every day, I am professionally offended whenever someone puts the desired outcome of an experiment before what the data is actually saying. As a wine lover I just think it sucks.

Oh well … better luck next time.

Source: Medical News Today: via Buzzfeed

3 Responses to " Put Down the Pinot – Turns Out the ‘Red Wine is Good for You’ Report Was Falsified! "

  1. doogald says:

    My understanding is that Dr. Das’s work was not the only research on the cardiovascular affects of resveratrol, so consuming moderate quantities is still on the list of not bad things to do.

    • There has been research on the compound for decades, but apparently the work specific to the way in which the compount present in wine interacts with the cardiovascular system has its foundation with him, so it is a pretty serious blow to subsequent work that sought to extend his findings. I couldn’t find anything specifically saying that his work had been replicated, nor refuted, so I am really not sure. I’ll have to uncork abottle tonight and contemplate it … 😉

  2. Bryan Eley says:

    The problem too is that such predetermined research fraud causes ongoing credibility issues with scientific research in general that is not limited to a given field, such that society might tend to view ANY scientific claims with a jaundiced eye. 
    For the record, I am NOT putting down the Pinot Noir (especially Pinots from the Willamette Valley part of Oregon). 😉