The Courier-Mail

Here’s cheers to a beer

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AT THE ten­der age of 76 and a life­time beer drinker, it comes as no sur­prise to me and other drinkers that beer is good for you ( C-M, Aug 12).

How­ever what did sur­prise me was the com­ment by di­eti­tian Cather­ine Sax­elby that “(it) was more likely the food choice peo­ple made when drink­ing – such as that 3am ke­bab, burger or pizza to ‘soak up the al­co­hol’ rather than drink­ing beer it­self that was lead­ing to ex­pand­ing waist­lines”.

In my younger days, while liv­ing in York­shire, Eng­land, many coalmin­ers, builders and fac­tory work­ers vis­it­ing their lo­cal pub would drink 10, 15 or 20 pints of beer at a ses­sion.

All that beer swill­ing around in one’s stom­ach was the rea­son for the ex­pand­ing waist­lines, not the hot fish and chips eaten on the walk home.

But then again, in those days we where not afraid to put one foot in front of the other in a move­ment called walk­ing – a long for­got­ten art. John McQueen, Red­bank Plains

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