Blog: Booze is good for yooze - only in Germany
Chris Brook-Carter | 13 September 2004
Now and again, a story lands on my desk that almost makes me fall off my chair and slide under. Strap yourselves in, people.
Germany’s Economics Minister, Wolfgang Clement, is encouraging his countrymen to drink beer for the sake of their health. The 64-year-old Member of Parliament, who can reportedly drink a whole beer in 1.5 seconds, said: “People should be able to get prescriptions for beer through the national health system.”
The positive effects of beer were recently confirmed in a paper by Austrian professor Manfred Walzl of the Graz neurological clinic. According to Walzl, beer reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack, improves circulation, and even acts as an aphrodisiac - if not taken to excess.
Beer as an aphrodisiac? Hmm... . To paraphrase Shakespeare (and my father, for that matter): “Drink provokes the desire, but impairs the performance, son.”
Chris Brook-Carter is away.
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