Beer factor

From today’s NY Times, a review of a book I can totally get behind, The Joy of Drinking:

Beer was always big, and may even be healthy. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Holland writes, “claims that a moderate beer drinker — whatever that means — swallows 11 percent of his dietary protein needs, 12 percent of the carbohydrates, 9 percent of essential phosphorus, 7 percent of his riboflavin, and 5 percent of niacin. Should he go on to immoderate beer drinking, he becomes a walking vitamin pill.” That last is an assertion upon which any given issue of Science Times will be sure to pounce. Still, I’ll take it, having long since abandoned hope of someone coming up with any health benefits of smoking.

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