This has got to be an affliction that every Kiwi bloke aspires to…brewing beer in your own gut and getting hammered…it is called auto-brewery syndrome.
This medical case may give a whole new meaning to the phrase “beer gut.”
A 61-year-old man — with a history of home-brewing — stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. Nurses ran a Breathalyzer test. And sure enough, the man’s blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 percent, or almost five times the legal limit for driving in Texas.
There was just one hitch: The man said that he hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol that day. Read more »
New statistics released this week have put Australia’s beer consumption at a 66-year low and show that beer could soon be overtaken by wine.
And despite a report earlier this month that claimed the country’s heaviest drinkers were consuming more, this week’s figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that overall Australians are drinking slightly less alcohol.
ABS’s Louise Gates said: “Beer is now at its lowest point in 66 years. The overall picture is that consumption of alcohol in Australia has fallen for a second year in a row; 2011-12 saw us drink 1.4 million litres less than we did in 2010-11, and 2.7 million litres less than in 2009-10.”
The ABS, which estimates consumption based on the availability of alcoholic drinks, said in terms of pure alcohol, beer was down 2.3% in 2011-2012 on the previous year.
As practical jokes go, this one is a lot more… practical!
I might try the chainsaw trick this weekend, time I put a new chain on it anyway.
Not from Labour though, they are busily implementing a Man Ban.
Instead from researchers who have found that drinking beer is actually good for you.
Drinking a pint of beer a day could improve the health of your heart, research shows.
Scientists found blood flow to the heart improved within a couple of hours of polishing off two-thirds of a pint – and that the effect was more powerful than drinking a non-alcoholic equivalent.
Arteries became more flexible and blood flow improved within a couple of hours of drinking the equivalent of two-thirds of a pint.
But alcohol-free beer did not have the same powerful effect, the study found.
The findings, by researchers in Greece, support previous evidence that moderate beer consumption may protect against heart disease.
Some evidence suggests a pint a day may reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by up to 30 per cent.
But this is believed to be one of the first studies to look at what actually happens to the cardiovascular system immediately after a pint is downed. Read more »