“Wine not ?”

Chief Medical Officers are obviously not party animals.   In November last year I was looking forward to a few drinks at Christmas, and a few more on Boxing Day, and a few more in the days that followed.   Then the curmudgeonly party-poopers issued new guidelines on the intake of alcohol.   The new advice reduced the recommended level to 14 units a week 😩

The advice was aimed at middle-aged people worried about dementia and explicitly warned them to reduce their drinking.   Of course I am not middle-aged any more so maybe it doesn’t apply to me.

Still, to be on the safe side, I decided to shop around and see if I could find some more cheerful advice.     Fortunately, researchers at the University of Reading are a happier bunch.    They examined over 100 research studies and concluded that phenols, particularly in red wine and champagne, can help preserve brain cells, even when they are under attack from Alzheimer’s.       They found that people who drank a glass and a half of wine every day had a lower risk of dementia than teetotalers.

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I think I prefer to take their advice than listen to the Government miseries.


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4 Responses to “Wine not ?”

  1. Phenothaline, as an engineer, Phenols bring back many a memory: Not wine but boiler water for a high pressure main steam plant (850psi and 1000degrees Fahrenheit steam).
    Phoenothaline was a required test for the boiler feed water, it had to turn ‘PINK’! and then there was the sodium Chloride tests and the phosphate tests, and hydrazine tests.
    Like a good bottle of ‘Eldorado Plonk’ Chateau Nerve vintage yesterday? or what ever the day one was beholden to?
    One then as a mere taster of beverages, and especially in the tropics beer or lager was the order of the day-Tuborg if one wishes a headache- Tennents if one wished a can with a pretty girl emblazoned on the side of a can ( In a case of 24- a different maiden on all of the cans within a case), One had then a dink or two to dream of the good work one had done conscientiously, or the memories of that sweetheart at home, or the last Port?
    All this because of boiler water.
    As like you now John an ‘Older Fart’, passing wind and the time of day, one may wonder what the government research and advice is all about and dementia, and the right quantity of red wine to consume. They probably believe one reads the wine bottle label with vigour and interest, and is more interested in the cerebral act of appreciating a good vintage? Poppycock- down the hatch, it is the company one keeps even if one is having a quiet moment or two, and the conversations of being with fellow humans.
    Did the Phenothaline of the water tests preserve the brain, no, but it did preserve and protect the boiler: So now as I am that ‘Old Boiler’, I must preserve myself, and think of those students in Reading and the Thames Water Board, doing similar tests on the Quality of our Drinking Water?
    We are all in the ‘PINK’, and my I say, or dare I say slightly flushed?? and past the First Flush of Youth.
    Happy Fathers Day to all our readers!!!

  2. Jon Cleaver says:

    Red Wine the Elixir of life. The earliest evidence of red wine production dates to sites in Georgia (c 6000 BC) Iran (c 5000 BC) Greece (c 4500 BC) and Armenia (c 4100 BC) these sites are of the earliest wineries found. The altered consciousness produced by the wine has been considered religious since its origin. The earliest grape Diouysus and Bacchusand were much adorned by the Romans who introduced it to the early Britain’s. Consumption has always been part of the Jewish practice since biblical times and is part of the Eucharist commemorating the Last Supper. Early alchemists knew the health benefits that red wine in particular brought to body and mind, they prescribed red wine for medicinal and industrial purposes, it was also used in the production of perfume. Does red wine posses qualities for promotion of good health, the history of its production suggests this may be the case. The saying goes does it not, raising your glass the words uttered “Your Good Health?” Can thousands of years be wrong?

  3. Jon Cleaver says:

    Yes, government advisers usually have some ulterior motive when advising the general public?

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