Drink up, beer is good for you
THIS is what just about every Australian man has known for years – beer is good for you.
But it has taken the Poms to have a good, long, scientific look at the amber fluid and finally confirm it.
Put aside the fact that there is nothing like a coldie on a hot day, it is also packed with health-giving properties.
According to the UK Beer Academy, the drink is a rich source of vitamins, fibre, minerals and antioxidants and has a relatively low calorific value compared with many other alcoholic beverages.
A report commissioned by The Beer Academy to help people enjoy beer sensibly found that when drunk in moderation, beer is one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks available.
A quick informal survey at the Tattersalls Hotel yesterday found no dissenters.
Norm Pilcher, enjoying a cold one at the hotel, said he would agree that in moderation beer was good for you.
“It makes me feel good,” he said.
“Whether it's good for you or not, people are still going to drink it.
“People drink beer for social reasons and it tastes good.”
James McDonald, having a game of pool and a beer, said he enjoyed a couple of beers at night.
“I enjoy beer more than wine,” he said.
“I find it a bit more relaxing and therapeutic.”
Mr McDonald said he thought the yeast, carbohydrates and sugar in beer made it a health no-no.
“I prefer the low-carb beer anyway,” he said.
“And I suppose it's everything in moderation.”
Tatts Hotel barman Scotty Gray was also an enthusiastic supporter of the benefits of beer.
“Of course it's good for you,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. “That's why people drink it.”
Mr Gray said it was about time people woke up to the fact that beer in moderation was good for you.
And he was planning to do something for his health when he finished his shift – down a few beers.