Dr. Skovenborg covers a broad spectrum of subjects such as the
effect of alcohol on the brain, the liver, diabetes, gallstones,
the blood, pregnancy and astma, but interestingly each subject
is introduced with information about the history of the medical
use of wine for that particular disease.
The effect of polyphenols as anti-oxidants is discussed at length
and many facts throughout the book are based on the Copenhagen
based City Heart Study, conducted by Dr. Morten Gronbeck, who
writes a commentary in the book. The 350 page tome is amusingly
illustrated throughout by Villy Jacobsen, also from Denmark.
Erik Skovenborg is not shy of tackling dependency in the Chapter
'Alcohol a cruel master' and devotes a further chapter to moderation
and 'Doctor's Orders'.
Happily, wine and food and the pleasures of drinking as part of
a healthy lifestyle are discussed at length, with a less enticing
explanation of digestion and the beneficial match between tannic
red wine and fatty meats.
Finally, the author devotes a chapter to beer and health, and
discusses the benefits of other alcoholic beverages apart from
All in all Dr. Skovenborg has more than answered the layman's
queries about drinking, health and life-style and encourages us
to live and enjoy life armed with the knowledge that drinking
moderately will enhance your enjoyment and longevity.
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