September 16, 2004


Beer, it's good for what ails you (JANET RAUSA FULLER, September 16, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

Beer drinkers may have yet another reason to hoist a cold one -- but make that just one.

According to a new study out of Canada, beer has the same heart-healthy benefits as red wine.

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that drinking one beer provides the same increase in antioxidant activity in the body as a glass of red wine, which has long been touted for its medicinal properties.

Three beers had an adverse effect on antioxidant activity, according to the study, which will appear in the December journal of Nonlinearity in Biology, Toxicology and Medicine.

"You get the optimum effect at one beer," said lead researcher John Trevithick.

Moderation, in all things.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2004 1:57 PM

How about one glass of beer and one of wine?

Posted by: Kevin Murphy at September 16, 2004 2:02 PM

1 beer isn't moderation. It's teasing.

Posted by: John Resnick at September 16, 2004 2:05 PM

That's my regime Kevin. One beer, one wine, and then Jack Daniels the rest of the day. Like OJ said moderation, don't over do it.

Posted by: h-man at September 16, 2004 2:07 PM

Wine for the wife.

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2004 2:09 PM

But...but..what about TWO beers?

Posted by: D. L. Meadows at September 16, 2004 2:10 PM

"Moderation, in all things."
Except, of course, marijuana which is the devil's weed and must be struck from the face of the earth. Right?

Posted by: Governor breck at September 16, 2004 2:13 PM

Canadians. Figures.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 16, 2004 2:18 PM

Mr. Resnick;

If they're Candadians, by "one beer" one presumes they meant "one beer pitcher". That's how they count ’em in the Great White North, eh?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 16, 2004 2:29 PM

AOG: Good point - the container matters.

I tried that one on my mom years ago while home for summer after the first year of college. What....only had 2 beers, ma." She then confronted me with the 40oz-ers out of the trash. D'Oh!

Posted by: John Resnick at September 16, 2004 2:43 PM


Up here in Canada it is considered irresponsible and self-indulgent to have more than one beer.

At breakfast.

Did you all note that the article says nothing about the timespan and that it was our wild and crazy leader who inserted the "a day" proviso?

Posted by: Peter B at September 16, 2004 2:47 PM

Moderation, in all things.

Including moderation.

Posted by: Brandon at September 16, 2004 3:32 PM

That's right, Breck.

Posted by: Vince at September 16, 2004 5:11 PM