Friday, December 26, 2008

Drink Safely this Christmas...

Here’s a few facts for you if you’re worried about how much you drank over Christmas. Remember, the health Nazi claim of 21 units for a man and 14 units for a woman being the ‘safe’ limits is utter and complete bullshit. These figures were guessed by the Royal College of Physicians in 1987, but have been maintained by subsequent statist nannying health ministers for no more reason, it would seem, than to excuse screwing you for taxes and also in an attempt to kill your enjoyment of life. Here’s part of an article from the Times Online:

In 1993, a study of 12,000 middle-aged, male doctors led by Sir Richard Doll and a team at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, found that the lowest mortality rates – lower even than teetotallers – were among those drinking between 20 and 30 units of alcohol each week.The level of drinking that produced the same risk of death as that faced by a teetotaller was 63 units a week, or roughly a bottle of wine a day.

By 1994, five studies had been published which showed that moderate amounts of alcohol gave some degree of protection against heart disease. A year later, scientists at the Institute for Preventive Medicine in Copenhagen, who studied 13,000 men and women over 12 years, found that drinking more than half a bottle of wine a day – 50 units a week – cut the risk of premature death by half
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Right, some red wine with dinner, then I think I’ll finish the job with some whisky chased down with homebrew bitter.

5 comments:

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

drink now die later:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/pf/27959626.html

stay happily drunk for a while, for me will ya? doom awaits. pass it on to all the potential breeders you know.

Shaun said...

*Titters*

Reminds me of when I was qualifying to be a diver. Part of one of the lectures that we had to attend was about alcohol related death & diving. It went " Over 40% of drowned divers are found to have alcohol in their system!". A particularly sharp lad at the back piped up... So if we have a drink before diving, statistically we're less liable to drown!

Typical Nanny state-ism from the fun police!

Shaun said...

*Titters*

Reminds me of when I was qualifying to be a diver. Part of one of the lectures that we had to attend was about alcohol related death & diving. It went " Over 40% of drowned divers are found to have alcohol in their system!". A particularly sharp lad at the back piped up... So if we have a drink before diving, statistically we're less liable to drown!

Typical Nanny state-ism from the fun police!

Olaf said...

The truth is that everyone is different and has a different tolerance to alcohol. Those difference can be quite large too. Some men could drink a bottle of spirits a day an have no ill effects some people could damage their liver with a glass of wine.

But they don't want to tell you the truth. And unfortunately most people don't want to the know the truth. Then they'd have to take responsibility for it.

Anonymous said...

If you ask a liver specialist rather than, say, a heart specialist, he will say it's best not to drink at all.