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3 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2012 - 7:26PM #1
solfeggio
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According to a paper published by the Harvard School of Public Health, alcohol is both a tonic and a poison:
www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/wha...

Its consumption can be very beneficial for us.  For example, new studies have shown that drinking about eight oz of red wine each night could lower the risk of a woman developing breast cancer:
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/12...

www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-h...

But, on the other hand, women have long been warned that consuming even moderate amounts of alcohol increased their risk of developing breast cancer:
articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/01/health/...


Still, though, other studies have shown that consuming red wine can help reduce the risk of heart disease:
today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21478144/ns/today...

The bottom line, as stated in the Harvard report, is that we have to balance the relative risks and benefits of alcohol consumption.    
     
    
   
 
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3 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2012 - 8:42PM #2
farragut
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Indeed, red wine is good, better perhaps than vitamins. But it is the daily infusion of whiskey that is the greatest preservative of humanity. Pour another.

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2012 - 9:04PM #3
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Jan 7, 2012 -- 8:42PM, farragut wrote:

Indeed, red wine is good, better perhaps than vitamins. But it is the daily infusion of whiskey that is the greatest preservative of humanity. Pour another.


Whiskey is nice, if it's some of the good stuff, but I've taken a liking to Absinthe, and it's an herbal tonic. I think I'll go pour one now.Cool

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2012 - 9:12PM #4
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Jan 7, 2012 -- 9:04PM, mountain_man wrote:


Jan 7, 2012 -- 8:42PM, farragut wrote:

Indeed, red wine is good, better perhaps than vitamins. But it is the daily infusion of whiskey that is the greatest preservative of humanity. Pour another.


Whiskey is nice, if it's some of the good stuff, but I've taken a liking to Absinthe, and it's an herbal tonic. I think I'll go pour one now.Cool




Read somewhere that FDR put a bit of absinthe in his martinis.




 

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2012 - 9:48PM #5
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Jan 7, 2012 -- 8:42PM, farragut wrote:


Indeed, red wine is good, better perhaps than vitamins. But it is the daily infusion of whiskey that is the greatest preservative of humanity. Pour another.





The French and Italians drink wine to complement good food.


The Scots, on the other hand, invented whisky because the food there is so bad...

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2012 - 10:36PM #6
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Jan 7, 2012 -- 9:12PM, jane2 wrote:

Read somewhere that FDR put a bit of absinthe in his martinis.


Interesting since absinthe has been illegal in the USA from 1912 to 1970. I guess that made it all that much sweeter.

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2012 - 11:09PM #7
solfeggio
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Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.  (Ogden Nash)


 


And then there's Dorothy Parker:


I wish I could drink like a lady


I can take one or two at the most


Three and I'm under the table


Four and I'm under the host


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3 years ago  ::  Jan 08, 2012 - 8:51AM #8
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Most Medications have some unwanted side Effects ...

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 08, 2012 - 12:15PM #9
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Aspirin would not be OTC if marketed today for the first time. The most common cause of pediatric overdose death is maternal prenatal vitamins. Dihydrogen oxide is critical for life but can death if inhaled or overdosed.  


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3 years ago  ::  Jan 09, 2012 - 8:34PM #10
Erey
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I love a glass of red, but I have trouble sometimes stopping at just one!


beer too is supposed to have different but beneficial properties. 


I am thinking it was not that long ago that people thought beer was beneficial for children.  I had a boss about 20 years older than me whose parents thought she was on the puny side so they gave her a glass of beer everyday  when she was very young.  Today that would be child abuse no doubt.

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