as Much as You Want and Live Longer
by Frederick M. Beyerlein (195 pages, Loompanics Unlimited, $14.95)
We have Frederick
Beyerlein, a nutritionist, and those fantastic people at Loompanics
Unlimited to thank for this one. I like the book. It
delivers a sane message that Americans need to hear- drinking is
a good thing and if done properly it doesn't have to be a destructive
book is chock full of information on how to better take care of
your body before, during, and after drinking. It has a chapter
on protecting your liver with herbs, "Lipotropic factors," anti-oxidants
and more; another on how to prevent a beer belly, and so forth.
main message, it seems, is that you need to drink lots of water
and take loads of vitamins on a regular basis. Boozing wreaks
hell on your body, poisoning cells, depleting vitamins, and dehydrating
the body. Water is needed to flush away the poison (which
alcohol is) and vitamins are obligatory in order to protect and
repair it. In a country where a great deal of the population is
stubbornly committed to gorging themselves on enormous amounts of
meat and potatoes, a very unhealthy diet, it's great to hear someone
exhorting folks to consume fruits and vegetables.
On the downside,
the title of the book is a bit deceptive. Drink as much as
you want and live longer? Yes, if you already drink like crazy,
then following Beyerlein's advice will keep you feeling better and
help you live longer. But if you aren't, don't get the idea
that you can start swigging a fifth of vodka a day and live to be
100 just because you take hands-fulls of vitamins.
no evidence to suggest that Beyerlein's dictums will entirely wipeout
the effects of sucking down a bottle of whiskey or a 12-pack a day.
No matter how many vitamins you gobble, large quantities of booze
will kill you.
the more you drink, the less likely you will be to bother to follow
this advice. Really, now, how many drunkards have you known
are going to take the time to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and
juice them or make them into meals? Somehow I don't see it
happening. Most alkies I've known have terrible diets.
Partially it is a function of the slothful stupor they're in, partially
its because they don't care whether they live longer.
the book has good advice for those of us who drink. And the
title of this book alone makes it worth buying. Give it to
some sot you know as a joke. Give it to some teetotaler just
to aggravate him. Keep a copy on your desk at work just to
get your coworkers gossiping. Pitch a copy in the backseat
of a friend who often gets pulled over for speeding. The possibilities
for humor are many.
-F. Sot Fitzgerald