Friday, 3 December 2010

Health Benefits of Alcohol? Merry Christmas!

Christmas. It’s the season to eat, drink and be merry – something most of us will embrace whole-heartedly. Unfortunately, despite all the revelry of the festive season, January will be lurking just around the corner, replete with guilt and remorse following our over indulgences.

Gym memberships will hit their yearly peaks, and cutting back on alcohol will inevitably feature in New Year’s Resolutions lists across the country. But booze hasn’t always been the bad guy.

Alcohol has enjoyed and endured a range of roles during its lifetime. It has been revered as a miracle cure, and reviled as the bane of society. The New and Old testaments make over 190 references to alcohol being used medicinally, but the temperance movement (which led to prohibition in America) considered it the root of all evil.