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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Drink Whiskey
Fight Cancer

When I took the bar-alcohol-drinking knowledge quiz, I scored in a range called "bourbon", with the assessment,

... you're going straight for the bottle and a shot glass! It'll take more than a few shots of Wild Turkey or 99 Bananas before you start seeing pink elephants. You know how to handle your alcohol, and yourself at parties.

... You scored higher than 99% on liquor index
Now there is news [courtesy of BrianF] that drinking whiskey might help fight cancer.

The medicinal properties of antioxidants in red wine are well known, but delegates at a biochemistry conference were told that whisky offered "even greater health benefits".

Dr Jim Swan, a consultant to the drinks industry, said: "There has been much in the news about the health benefits of antioxidants in red wine. By contrast, very little has been said about malt whisky distillery science.

"However, research has shown that there are even greater health benefits to people who drink single malt whiskies. Why? Single malt whiskies have more ellagic acid than red wine."

Speaking at the EuroMedLab conference in Glasgow, he said ellagic acid absorbed rogue cells in the body. "So, whether you indulge in the odd tipple, or you are a serious connoisseur, whisky can protect you from cancer and science proves it," he said.
For some cautions and caveats, you can read the article, but I must say, I approve.
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