If you’re a farmer it’s a different story
Its dark, wet, cold. The animals are always hungry. It’s a long time to the spring when stuff gets growing again
You never know what’s around the corner, just when you think you’re on top, something or someone is there to knock you down
The pub could be miles away, but its the only respite. At least you can meet and chat and share.
For a few hours anyway, you’re not on your own
Its late by the time you get there, so much to be done. You have a pint, its well deserved
Whiskey too for the night that’s in it.
Trouble is 40% alcohol is just that, trouble
Alcohol is not a happy drug. If you’re feeling down it drags you deeper
Alcohol is highly toxic, it kills cells, so your health suffers
If anything happens to you, who’s going to look after the animals, the dog?
Who’s going to look after you?
This can be the blackest, bleakest time of year!
Even a small amount of alcohol has an effect on your body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body. A tiny amount of alcohol exits your body in your urine and your breath.
You absorb alcohol more slowly if you eat, especially if the food is high in fat. However, if you drink more than your body can process, you’ll get drunk. How quickly alcohol is metabolized depends on your size and gender, among other things.
Alcohol consumption causes physical and emotional changes that can do great harm to your body. The long-term effects of alcohol abuse are many, putting your health in serious jeopardy and endangering your life.
Music was my first love
And it will be my last
Music of the future
And music of the past
To live without my music
Would be impossible to do
In this world of troubles
My music pulls me through
This iconic song by John Miles came out of the troubled seventies.
His lyrics are simple. His message; music is an essential accompaniment to the journey through life
Is repeated between lavish orchestral movements to emphasise the point
A memorable hit
No, is the simple answer
The French paradox – in spite of high saturated fat intake, the French die less of coronary heart disease thanks to their higher consumption of red wine
The concept that drinking red wine can prevent cardiovascular disease dates back to the early nineties, when Serge Renaud and Michel de Lorgeril published a paper in the Lancet entitled, ” Wine, alcohol, platelets and the French paradox for coronary heart disease”. They argued that whereas their consumption of saturated fat was high, mortality from coronary heart disease was low compared to the US and the UK. They called this the “French paradox” The difference was the French drink more red wine, there was some protective polyphenols that came straight from red grapes. The studies were based on data from three French cities, Toulouse, Strasbourg and Lille. CHD mortality was much lower in Toulouse compared to Strasbourg and Lille, however wine consumption was much higher in Toulouse compared to the other two cities.
In the 1990s, wine sales in europe were declining, with many young people switching to beer, wine drinking was seen to be old-fashioned. The wine industry jumped on the “French paradox” story promoting an epic marketing campaign which instilled in a lot of people the idea that drinking red wine is good for your heart.
A great deal of research ensued and found, while there was some beneficial effects from the extracts from grapes, the amount of wine needed to get enough resveratrols to produce a significant effect would be incompatible with the toxic effects of alcohol.
The key to below the norm mortality rates from CHD in Toulouse, was not red wine but diet. While they drank more red wine and ate slightly more cheese, they ate a lot more vegetables, a lot more fruit, half the butter and more vegetable fat and more bread. In other words they were eating more fruit and vegetables and ingested more fibre, less saturated fat, more polyunsaturated fat and more grains.
The popular narrative of the French paradox gets the premise and the conclusion wrong. It is wrong to assume that saturated fat is all that matters to predict cardiovascular risk, since we know it is just one of the many dietary factors involved. And it is dead wrong to suggest that drinking a few glasses of red wine is all you need to make it better. If anything, the whole story proves once more the concept that the balance of diet in general is more important than any single component in preventing disease and ensuring good health.
http://www.nutrition.org. 01/18/2013; Stefano Vendrame
If you travel from Nimes to Perpignan in the South West of France, you see much of the Languedoc Rousillon region given over to the production of wine. France is the biggest producer of wine in the world and consumes most of it in these parts. That’s because there is little demand for it abroad, the quality is too questionable and variable
The consumption of so much alcohol has inevitable consequences for health. Much has been made of the health benefits of red wine, mostly by the French themselves when they saw consumption slipping. Any benefits you get from the resveratrol in red wine for the heart, is more than outweighed by other diseases
The French have a tough choice, to move all this production away from wine and into food
Wine producers understandably don’t want to, but the authorities have little option
Demand for fruit and veg. is outpacing cheap alcohol. There are big benefits in the long-term
Less cancer, liver cirrhosis and road accidents
As the sodden make their way home, Bacardi are mopping up
Bacardi buy exclusive rights to Indiependence to get a young, captive market for the weekend
Bacardi have been pushing their heavy alcohol on social media, buddying up to Indiependence goers with free tickets
Without having to mention Bacardi is 37.5% pure alcohol
Or give warnings that heavy alcohol is very dangerous for your health
They have freedom to do this because places like Facebook and Twitter are beyond regulation
Easy money for Bacardi
The brain is made up of an inconceivable number of cells
An “enchanted loom” is how Charles Sherrington described the interconnected net of cells that make up our three-pound control centre. Indeed there is something almost magical in the notion that all our mental processes from perception, to memory to consciousness itself, can be described entirely by cellular activity in the brain.
The basic functional unit of the brain is the neuron, a special cell that sends electrochemical signals to other neurons (across a “synaptic gap”) and thereby creates those patterns that make up what we think of as the mind.
The complexity of the task requires a fairly inconceivable 100 billion neurons, interconnected via trillions of synapses. A single firing neutron might communicate to thousands of others in a single moment. No computer comes close to the complexity of these communicating bits of organic matter.
What’s more, for each neuron there are 10 to 15 glial cells providing structural support, protection, resources and more.
Alcohol is a drug that goes to the brain, interfering with the cells, disrupting the communication. That is why after a few drinks we have difficulty thinking, talking, walking, eating. The more alcohol, the more out of control.
Why do we consciously interfere with the workings of this incredible machine?
If we knew how much damage we were doing to our brain, would we drink as much?
Would we drink at all?
I drink whisky, I drink beer, I drink wine. I love fatty pork and beef on the bone. I eat chocolate, fish and chips and caviar and drink vodka. I drink instant coffee but adore a Spanish cafe solo. I eat chillies, ginger and garlic. I adore pungent blue cheeses like Roquefort and Gorgonzola and Danish Blue. I love liver with fried onions and I enjoy ice cream and hot chocolate sauce between cigarettes. I drink Champagne on occasion, aquavit rarely, gin and tonic occasionally. I love apples and Mars bars. In fact I am a chocaholic. Actually I am a kind of gastronomic tramp. I am too hungry for dinner at eight, and sometimes at breakfast a curry is great. Ossobuco in an Italian service station can please, an ignorantly served hamburger can bring you to your knees. For me the whole thing about eating and drinking is whatever gives you pleasure, enjoyment and fun
Sadly Keith Floyd died of a heart attack at 66. From the book Floyd Uncorked by Jonathan Pedley with Keith Floyd
This stage Irish characterisation is taken from; http://www.uncoverdiscover.com
The context; Top 10 beer drinking countries – Ireland is ranked 4th in the world. It continues;
So the stereotype of Paddy’s enjoying their Guinness does have some grounding then. With a per capita consumption of 104 litres, Ireland is firmly in 4th place in the list of top beer drinking countries in the world. Guinness sales top 1.5billion pints worldwide and we wonder how many are consumed by the natives themselves
We should thank Guinness for this then? No way. We grew up in a country where Guinness is good for you. Your national pride was measured by how many pints you could drink. A mindset arrogantly nurtured by Guinness over generations.
You would think the natives would cop on by now? Not if Guinness have their way. Guinness alcohol is inseparably linked with sport, music, and anything close to the heart of the young Irish man. They continue to pour money into sponsorship
There is a change. Growing concern for one’s health. Alcohol is a serious threat
Jameson 40% alcohol on Facebook
“Thank Crunchie its Friday” belongs to Cadburys, not Pernod Ricard
To see Pernod Ricard hijack the slogan for their assault on Facebook, is highly provocative
Alcohol brands flood Facebook with content to seek engagement with fans in the form of likes, comments and shares. Brands strategically arrange the timing and content of their posts to engage with users in real-time. The most common day for alcohol brands to post is Friday.
The alcohol industry has developed an extensive, real-time,culturally embedded mode of branding on Facebook
This Jameson image from Facebook is just one example. They don’t have to mention this fact; Jameson is a bottle of 40% pure alcohol. A highly toxic, addictive, psychoactive drug that can do serious damage to persons health.
This information is critical. The consumer has a right to be informed
As long as Facebook offers an unregulated platform to promote alcohol brands, companies like Pernod Ricard will exploit the opportunity