Wine and health - myths and facts is a varied, informative but amusing Danish guide to wine and health with a view to dispelling the confusion concerning drink and health.
The book covers a broad spectrum of subjects such as the effect of alcohol on the brain, the liver, diabetes, gallstones, the blood, pregnancy and astma, but interestingly each subject is introduced with information about the history of the medical use of wine for that particular disease.
The effect of polyphenols as anti-oxidants is discussed at length and many facts throughout the book are based on the Copenhagen City Heart Study, conducted by Dr. Morten Grønbæk, who writes a commentary in the book. The 320 page tome is amusingly illustrated throughout by Villy Jacobsen, a Danish artist.
The author is not shy of tackling dependency in the chapter “Alcohol – a cruel master”, and he devotes a further chapter to moderation and “Doctor’s orders”. Happily, wine and food and the pleasure of drinking as part of a healthy lifestyle are discussed at length, with a less enticing explanation of digestion and the beneficial match between tannic red wine and fatty meats.
All in all the book answers the layman’s queries about drinking, health and lifestyle and encourages us to live and enjoy life armed with the knowledge that drinking moderately will enhance our enjoyment and longevity.
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