Beer will kill you or, uh, make you healthier
Scanning the headlines today, I see two amusingly contrasting stories. First, from Britain
The UK Faculty of Public Health, which represents some 3,300 public health specialists across a wine range of disciplines, says the dangers of alcohol are so great that tobacco-style health warnings are needed.The bold is mine, and I highlight it as a gorgeous segue to this piece, called Ten Healthier Beers:
‘Alcohol is a dangerous drug, and the more you consume, the more the dangers increase,’ [Professor Mark Bellis, the FPH’s spokesman] said. ‘The important thing is for people to understand those dangers.... Anyone who promotes alcohol as beneficial just demonstrates the need for these sorts of warnings.’
Feeling guilty about knocking a few back? It might be time to stop! Beer consumption has been shown to help protect against heart disease and lower the risk of hypertension with moderate consumption.As rational adults know, alcohol can be both healthy and dangerous. Lying about this fact seems a poor place to start a public health campaign.