HGs World Commentary
Commentary by H.G. Listiak
To Drink Or Not To Drink

Thursday 12/11/2003

Welcome to my world. A long long time ago, even before my time, alcoholic stimulants were pretty well regarded as the nectar of damnation, a sure fire ticket to the flames of hell. Women would embrace the ideal that "lips that touch liquor will never touch mine." Later in my time, suddenly booze, if controlled, was good for you. The medical community pointed to the French and Italians who guzzle wine even at brunch, as proof that drinking in moderation is good for your health. A while back in My World, I did an item on how the medical community had increased your imbibing for health from one good belt to three or four every other day. Here's hoping you didn't drink that one in because now they have gone back to the old days of tee-totalling total abstinence again. Researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore report low to moderate drinking can cause loss of brain tissue and a stroke. They say it's almost the same as heavy drinking. They say low alcohol consumption does not lower the risk of a stroke, contradicting findings from previous studies. They marvel that some studies found beneficial effects but they did not. Their findings appeared in the American Heart Association Journal "Stroke" and as far as I'm concerned pretty well confuses the issue, as we go into the days when most people take a nip or two, spirits to enhance the spirit of the holidays. I think the stress the medical community puts on us trying to decide what is and isn't good for us is the real killer. I mean first it's one way then it's the other. Why it's enough to drive you to drink, as I see it ... I'm H.G. Listiak.

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