Turns out,beer is good for you because it reduces heart risk and improves brain health

Beer in addition to quenching thirst after a hard day at the office,a well-earned pint also contains several nutritional ingredients, which help to reduce heart risk and improve brain health.

That’s according to scientists in Hong Kong, who’ve published new research in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences.


A study says a few beers a week or bottle of wine may help men start a family

The scientists claim beer boasts more protein and B vitamins than wine;

And,is high in antioxidants and can reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease.

‘Beer also includes a range of polyphenols such as flavonoids and phenolic acids that contribute directly to flavour, haze, body and fullness,’ one of the researchers said according to Daily Mail.


Likewise,the polyphenols, she says, have health-boosting properties which, when ingested;

Therefore,can reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes, blocked arteries and heart disease, which protecting cognitive function.

Meanwhile, the benefits are only enjoyed when it’s consumed in moderation.


‘Spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week. Ideally, the health limit is up to one pint for men and half a pint for women per day,’one of the main researchers, Sisi Yip said.

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University student stabs friend to death over beer

A university student in Nyeri is expected in court today to answer to murder charges after he allegedly stabbed his friend to death last Friday, over a bottle of beer.

Dedan Kiplang’at, a 23-year-old student at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, was stabbed in the shoulder, neck and head repeatedly by 24-year-old Kevin Kibet after the two returned to their hostels from a drinking spree.

According to eyewitnesses, Kevin Kibet followed Kiplang’at to his room and demanded for the beer his friend was consuming. The two students started quarreling, leading to the murder.  Dennis Kiplangat was rushed to Mary Immaculate Hospital In Mweiga Township where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to The Star Newspaper, Nyeri Central police boss Charles Rotich confirmed the incident saying that Kibet will be arraigned in court Monday morning to face murder charges. He is being held at Nyeri Central police station for questioning.

More youths prefer spirits as compared to beer, survey

More than 35 per cent of Kenyan youth drink for fun, a survey conducted by Kenya Alcohol Policy and Control Alliance (KAPA) has found. The report established various reasons for abuse of alcohol among minors ranging from age, gender and locality, with 84 percent of respondents below 18 citing peer pressure.

Alcohol promotional campaigns on radio stations lead in encouraging minors to take up the drink, the research reports. The study, carried out in five East African countries, reveals six per cent out of the 35 per cent are children below 14 years of age.

The report further shows that 21 per cent of those who drink are boys below 17 years with possible trends of an increased consumption. The survey conducted in Malindi, Kajiado, Murang’a, Siaya and Kilifi counties indicated that 71 percent of minors below the age of 18 have experimented alcohol.

Abuse of alcohol among underage girls was at 29 per cent while 71 per cent of their male counterparts were found to be alcohol addicts. Students’ Campaign Against Drugs (SCAD) programmes officer William Ntakuka said close to 10 per cent of children in counties with excessive alcohol consumption missed schooling opportunities as their parents were heavy consumers.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, Ntakuka said failure by the current anti-alcohol measures especially those aimed at discouraging minors below 18 from taking alcohol is a major contributor to underage drinking. He said interviewees said they drink for fun and as a result of peer pressure, while others were given by their parents.

Majority of those drinking prefer spirits and other second generation alcoholic drinks because they are cheaper, get them high quickly. Beer comes in second with 58.1 per cent, muratina is third with 13.4 per cent, while 10 per cent of youth drink illicit brew. “We found out that many youths in the country consume wines and spirits with consumption rate standing at 59.8 per cent,” he said.

He said location of alcohol selling points near residential areas and laxity in observing laws governing sale, production, distribution and promotion of alcoholic drinks in the country is also a major factor leading to underage drinking. 65.8 percent of the respondents said there is an alcohol selling point less than 100 metres from their schools or homes.

Ntakuka said in an effort to fight consumption of illicit brew, the government is withdrawing alcohol without providing alternatives, a short term solution that might worsen the state of those affected. There is need for the government to re-evaluate the approach on alcohol control by state actors to migrate to a public health approach, he said.

He said only 20 out of the 47 counties had adopted the model on alcohol control.

– The Star

Why was Barack Obama drinking beer at 11am?

Angela Merkel welcomed Barack Obama to the G7 summit with a traditional Bavarian breakfast on Sunday – complete with a half-litre of beer. President Obama had just flown across the Atlantic to meet Mrs Merkel, David Cameron and the other G7 leaders at an exclusive spa resort in the Alps.

But before he could get down to business, Mrs Merkel treated him to a full Bavarian breakfast of white sausages, pretzels and foaming lager. Eleven in the morning might be considered a little early for a beer in some parts of the world, but in Bavaria breakfast is not complete without a weissbier, as the local wheat beer is called. It’s not quite as hard-drinking as it sounds: Bavarians don’t down a quick pint before heading to the office every morning.

It originates in Frühschoppen – a local tradition of meeting for a drink late in the morning on Sundays and holidays.
According to Bavarian custom, the sausages cannot be eaten after 12 noon, because no preservatives are used and they are made fresh every day. Therefore those who wish to wash their sausages down with a beer must get supping before that time. The local saying is that the sausages must not be allowed to hear the church bells chime noon.


Brewery makes ‘whale testicle beer’

An Icelandic micro-brewery has announced its new beer will be flavored with smoked whales’ testicles, it’s been reported.

The Stedji brewery’s Hvalur 2 beer is being sold for a limited period to mark the Icelandic midwinter month of Thorri, the Visir website reports.

The testicles of fin whales – which are an endangered species – are cured “according to an old, Icelandic tradition” before being salted and smoked, with one being used per brewing.

“We want to create a true Thorri atmosphere, and therefore we decided to use smoked testicles from fin whales for flavoring the beer,” says Dagbjartur Ariliusson, a co-owner of the brewery.

“We put a lot of effort into this and it’s a long process.” In 2013, Iceland resumed commercial fin whaling after a two-year suspension. Most of its whale meat is exported to Japan.

The Stedji brewery angered conservationists in 2014 by making a beer which contained other whale parts, including bones and intestines.

At the time, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation group described it as “immoral and outrageous” to use whale meat to make beer.

The product was temporarily banned by public health authorities, but later sold out in alcohol shops. This time around, all the permissions are already in place, the brewery says.


Murang’a man found dead near brew den

A middle-aged man from Mamumbu village in Murang’a East subcounty has died after allegedly consuming illicit brews.

David Maina’s body was found near a chang’aa den Friday evening.

Neighbours said Maina drank illicit brew on the New Year’s eve ofand collapsed a short distance from the den on his way home.

Neighbours, who sought anonymity, said the brewer, a disabled woman only known as Nyambura, is notorious and has been arrested numerous times, but has never been convicted.

Murang’a county commissioner Kula Hache, however, dismissed the allegations, saying Maina was a habitual drunkard who was in poor health.

Hache said Nyambura sells chang’aa that she buys from other areas, but refuted claims she brews from a den in the village.


Drunk students including a 7-year-old arrested at a Kirinyaga bar

Twenty two students from different schools, among them a seven-year-old, were on Sunday night arrested by police at a club in Sagana, Kirinyaga county.

The students, the eldest aged 15, who were reveling at Vibes club, irked members of the public with their drunkenness.

Nacada chairman John Mututho said the organization is zeroing in on clubs in Kirinyaga county which sell alcohol to minors.

“The county government is not supposed to license clubs whose owners have been charged three times in a court of law” Mututho said.

He said Nacada is ready to challenge the county government when it comes to “child killers”.

He also warned that bar owners not following Mututho laws risk losing their licenses as the government clamps down on illicit, second generation alcoholic drinks.

Read more: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-193791/drunk-students-including-7-year-old-arrested-kirinyaga-bar

Four pints of lager a week harms male fertility

Just four pints of lager a week could harm a man’s chances of having a family, research suggests.

A study of healthy young men found that drinking just a little more than three pints a week, or half a pint a day, can reduce sperm quality.

The researchers found the effects occurred when more than 7.5 units of alcohol a week – with the average pint of beer containing around 2.3 units.

However, many popular lagers are stronger than this.

The study also found that the more a man drinks, the greater the toll on sperm.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2778779/How-just-four-pints-lager-week-harms-male-fertility.html