Everything you Wanted to Know About Booze
Red wine is good for you
As well as making you look dead sophisticated, a vin rouge a day keeps the doctor away.
“Wine has two ingredients that help to protect your heart,” reveals clinical pharmacologist CreinaStockley, of The Australian Wine Research Institute. “The first is ethanol, and provided it’s taken in small amounts, it improves your good cholesterol and reduces blood clots. The second are phenolic compounds, which come from the grape’s seeds, skin and flesh, and have been proven help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”People who drink red plonk in moderation can reduce their risk of a heart attack by up to 25%. Unfortunately, ‘moderation’ means less than two standard glasses per day. Bah.
Vodka, Red Bull will kill you
Snaffle down dozens of two-for-one voddy-and-Red Bulls during happy hour and you will have a heart attack. Or at least a stroke.
“People who are sensitive to caffeine should be careful, but the increase in heartrate has no clinical relevance, as it’s less than the rise you experience when you walk up the stairs or go running,” says Dr JorisVerster, a psychopharmacologistat Utrecht University. Plus you can run to the bar that much faster.
Posh Tequila has a worm in it
Visit a hardcore Mexican drinking establishment and ask for their finest tequila, and the grizzly barkeep will fetch down a bottle with a shrivelled worm in it. Why it’s in there, only God can say.
“This is a complete mistruth,” states David Ruiz, a tequila consultant based in Guadalajara, Mexico. “Certified tequila has never had a worm or any other insect in it and it never will. The only Mexican product that has an insect in the bottle is a distilled spirit called Mezcal – but that’s not a worm, it’s the larva of a moth.” Delicious.
Beer is good for you
Your mum, doctor and parole officer have it all wrong: beer
is the very elixir of a long and fruitful life!
“The risk of developing kidney cancer is slightly lower in people who drink alcohol in moderation,” says BUPA’s Dr SnehKhemka. And the good news doesn’t end there: Austrian neurologist Christian Wöber discovered that, “Low-to-moderate consumption of beer has the potential to decrease the occurrence of headaches.” Feel a migraine coming on at work? Tell the boss you’re heading off down the pub.