Ben Franklin had it right when he said,
“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.”
Why was he right?
I was asked the other day if I couldn’t drink alcohol of any sorts, what would I do – what would I drink? A scary thought for sure being that I’m a homebrewer as a hobby and into wine barrels as a business. The same person said it wouldn’t be so bad because water is good for you and certainly there aren’t any scientist saying otherwise … or are they?
A chronicled investigation was done on water. In controlled experiments, researchers found that a person who drank 30 ounces of water a day took in two pounds of E. Coli a year. E. Coli is most often found in body waste (otherwise known as feces or poop). Pardon my French but translated into simple terms, humans are drinking two pounds of crap a year. That’s not very healthy.
Superman equals Alcoholman
However, we have plenty of help to the rescue. Whether you are drinking wine, whiskey, beer or any other alcoholic beverage, they have all gone through boiling, fermenting and/or filtering procedures, plus alcohol itself naturally kills bacteria. So the moral of story is either you drink crap or alcohol; it’s your choice … and health that matters.
We’ve all heard the stories about traveling by ship centuries ago and how some alcohol would be added to the water to keep it from being diseased. There are numerous stories of how people used alcohol to prevent or get rid of outbreaks like cholera by actually drinking booze on a regular basis. Such a dilemma.
By the way, this story has nothing to do with the popular book that came out earlier this year called Poop, Booze and Bikinis – which is a funny book on its own.
While some wish to disprove the positive affects of wine, beer et al, the reality is, it’s good for you and will likely allow you to live a long, healthy … and fun life. As with anything, moderation is the key when drinking alcohol. Stay healthy my friend.
So – are you a boozer or pooper?
Daryle W. Hier