Archive for the ‘Health and Wine’ Category

Jun 20, 2021

Deep Thinkers Put Their Heads Together on Global Alcohol Policy

Sometimes important, deep thinkers and important organizations say things or make recommendations that are completely ignored. That’s often a bad thing. But sometimes it’s a good thing, especially if the thing being said or recommended is so crazy it deserves to be ignored. Enter the World Health Organization, a pretty serious organization. To quote from their Draft Global Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030: “Appropriate attention should be given to the prevention of the initiation of drinking among children and adolescents, prevention…

Mar 23, 2021

Drinking Wine is Risky and That’s One Reason We Drink It

What if drinking wine, even lots of it, didn’t get you drunk? Why consider this…? “Alcohol goes to your head and causes drunken behaviour through the breakdown of chemicals produced in the brain, a new study reveals.  The finding turns previous theories that it was linked to the liver upside down, and scientists believe it holds the key to combating binge drinking and alcoholism. Researchers from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism tested the impact of alcohol on chemicals…

Mar 31, 2020

How CoronaVirus Will Change the Alcohol Industry

The problem with trying to predict the impact of the CoronaVirus on the Alcohol Universe is the same problem of predicting its impact on any industry: We don’t yet know the severity of the impact the Virus will have people and society and we don’t yet know the effective lifespan of the virus going unchecked by medical intervention such as a vaccine or effective treatment. But of course, predictions can be based on assumptions. Let’s assume, for the sake of…

Feb 26, 2020

Seltzer Is Really Wine And Dirty Looks Will Kill You

I’ve figured out a way to increase wine sales: Let’s redefine seltzer as wine. This ingenious solution to the apparent decline in wine sales in the United States occurred to me as I read through a new study out of Australia on the phenomenon known as “Second Hand Drinking”. This phrase should sound familiar to you. It’s derived from the more well-known term, “Second Hand Smoking”. Moreover, the “Second Hand Drinking” phrasing is meant to further demonize the act of…

Jan 15, 2020

The Dry Januarians Are A Threat That Need A Response

God bless Alain Ducasse. So upset and infuriated is the legendary French chef with the entire concept of “Dry January” that in response he has significantly lowered the price of his best Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles at his Parisian restaurants during the first month of the year. The idea is to coax people off their pledge to not drink in January by enticing them with restaurant wine prices they can’t refuse. I’ve heard people who dismiss the Dry January…