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I should confess that I don't like wine and have always drunk beer. .
But the issue is that you can buy 3 bottles of wine for 10 pounds which
has as much alcohol as a bottle of spirits. It has become common for
people to drink a bottle of wine rather than a few small glasses, and this is
especially common in the middle classes. And we fundamentally have a
different alcohol culture to the southern Europeans.
I hope people continue to enjoy drinking wine but it is no more
cilivised than any other type of alcohol !
A few years ago Des Spence encouraged patients to eat together and
throw in a glass of wine (BMJ 2007;334:1060). Today the more he is seeing
of wine the less he is convinced of its civility. Is it really impossible
to turn young lager louts into civil wine drinkers with a moderate
consumption of one or two glassess of wine with meals?
Wine writer in wine magazines and research on beer, wine and health.