Wednesday, July 11, 2007
You may remember - how could you forget? - my post on the politics of alcohol. The comments that ensued established beyond doubt that certain drinks carry clear ideological baggage. The most obvious example being the half of shandy that turns you at once into a LibDem and the grappa that turns you into Pol Pot. Now, we learn, wine in general may turn you into Mr Irritatingly Healthy and Smart. Brain cells, contrary to popular mythology, are not irreplaceable and up to four glasses of wine a day may have 'a positive effect on brain health'. Furthermore, wine destroys dental plaque. A few more stories like this and someone will produce The Alcohol Workout: Stay Drunk, Stay Healthy or The 12 Drink Way to a New You. Meanwhile, the poor topers who thought drinking was an enjoyable and socially responsible act of self-destruction will have to take to hard drugs or even teetotalism.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:56 am