Monday, 22 October 2007

Drinks! More!

Nathalie sent this photo of the front door of a bar in Rome named From Hell. The gothic style of the lettering suggests a connection with our jackarippy.


However, before go into the bar From Hell, balance the following two reports:

I've always suspected this: Drink limits ‘useless’- From The Times, London-October 20.

The Times reveals today that the recommended weekly drinking limits of 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 for women, first introduced in 1987 and still in use today, had no firm scientific basis whatsoever. Subsequent studies found evidence which suggested that the safety limits should be raised, but they were ignored by a succession of health ministers. One found that men drinking between 21 and 30 units of alcohol a week had the lowest mortality rate in Britain. Another concluded that a man would have to drink 63 units a week, or a bottle of wine a day, to face the same risk of death as a teetotaller.

BUT
Don't discount the latest scare: In vino, scare-itas: Is anything safe?- Chicago Sun-Times- October 21, 2007
Just when we thought it was safe to toast good times comes news that alcohol drinking can boost a woman's risk of breast cancer by as much as 30 percent. Women probably don't know whether to roll their eyes or toss their wine racks. Didn't we just get used to the idea that red wine, for instance, protects the heart, lowers the risk of dementia and helps prevent gum disease? Add this latest scientific mystery to a long list of substances that are at one moment great for us -- such as butter, chocolate, coffee and vitamins -- then bad for us, then good for us once again.
The second above has good Richard Laurent editorial cartoon of a woman holding up a huge wine glass with a shark fin skimming through the dark ominous liquid.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous tita said...

Add this latest scientific mystery to a long list of substances that are at one moment great for us -- such as butter, chocolate, coffee and vitamins -- then bad for us, then good for us once again.

Therefore I'd rather follow Desmond Morris' concept for eating and drinking habit.

22 October 2007 7:46:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger HemlockMan said...

I rarely drink wine (maybe two bottles per year). I don't even drink much beer...perhaps 30 or so bottles per year. And I can't drink hard liquor because after a few hits I puke.

22 October 2007 5:52:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous John C said...

The "unit" would appear to be an outmoded alcohol measurement. They'd be better off here using the litre or the good old gallon:

http://society.guardian.co.uk/drugsandalcohol/story/0,,2197217,00.html

Weekends are truly crazy (and dangerous) in Manchester these days. Not so much a bacchanal as one of the circles of the Inferno.

22 October 2007 9:21:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger drjon said...

In From Hell-related, if you're going to be in London from late October through late January, this may interest...

23 October 2007 7:27:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley said...

drjon, that looks like fun. I think I'll drag some poor sap along to see it.

23 October 2007 7:29:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Jack Ruttan said...

For a few years, there was a small bar in Montreal called "10-Forward." I never went in to see if they actually had Star Trek decor.

(wondering about other movie or TV-themed bars around the world)

26 October 2007 9:23:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger enrico said...

Yes "Who drinks wine live for 100 years"

I read that are expecially french wines that helps prevent heart diseases.

Thanks fo the post

Enrico

3 November 2007 11:49:00 am GMT-5  

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