There’s no question that anything used in excess or irresponsibly such as coffee, alcohol, pills, or even grapefruit juice (contraindicated with particular prescriptions) — or even sunshine (!) – can be deadly. Irresponsible use (abuse) is never a good idea, no matter what.
BUT, there are proven health benefits to some of controlled substances such as those going through various legislatures (such as the medical marijuana) and to freely available products such as BEER. And it doesn’t have to be a Craft Brew either… (even though I’d profess that a craft beer drinking experience involves more tasting and savoring that ever does with mass-produced volume beers. But that’s a matter of opinion.)
Perhaps some of the states with Aging Populations and Health Problems, such as FLORIDA, might want to consider encouraging moderate beer consumption as a holistic way to health? (Seriously!)
Here’s a sampling of recent media releases (there are MANY more) about the Health Benefits related to Beer.
NOTE: I have not researched the medical validity of said claims or whether the studies are funded by alcohol distributors – maybe one of my readers knows?)
If we have legalizing medical mary jane on the slate for health benefits, why wouldn’t we be encouraging the responsible (read: MODERATION!) consumption of readily available, and now tastier than ever, CRAFT BEER?
It’s cheaper than many prescription drugs, has less side effects with moderate consumption (I’ve never heard of someone dying by negligently mixing two different craft beers in an evening!) and IS LEGAL.
Perhaps craft beer could be a low-cost, tasty, and healthy way to improve the lives of our overall population and improve longevity. I’d like to say it would also improve the overall mood of many (seniors and others) on a given Florida day, but I also know people with horrible “alcohol” personalities who would negate this statement.
For everyone else, perhaps drinking a beer a day could be a diet change – with long term benefits that truly makes sense!
To your safe imbibing!