A recent article on the BBC News site claims that in some ways alcohol decreases your risk of heart disease. For those that are too lazy to check the link (you know who you are) they do go on to say that it only helps some people, and that it only counts for alcohol in moderation. They recommend a glass of white wine once a day (and no more, so you can’t catch up on a missed day either) for a quick increase in your heart’s protection.
So I read that, and I thought to myself “Aren’t drunks called winos for a reason…” A little later I remembered a conversation I had several years ago about the healthy aspects of alcohol. It started in the usual guy way, with someone claiming that some beer is made from hops, yeast and barley and is therefore the healthiest thing they consume.
Anyway, we ended up having a quite serious discussion about types of drinkers, what they drink and how long they live. As we were all bartenders from different bars we felt the most qualified to figure it out. We came to the conclusion that people who drink fortified wines live a lot longer than anyone else in the world.
Think about it. We’ve all seen an old man drinking Port down the pub, and his even older wife drinking Sherry. Incidentally it’s only Port if it’s from Portugal and it’s only Sherry if it’s from Spain. Anything else is a generic fortified wine. Personally I used to love the Australian white served in Yates’ Wine Lodge in the UK. It’s excellent taken long over ice with a lemonade mixer and a twist of lime – the perfect summer drink.
Where was I? Oh yeah, notice how that old man and woman are the oldest in the pub? It’s their choice of drink, we reckoned. So hedge your bets and follow all the advice in this post and the article it links to.
Drink in moderation and only drink fortified wines.