Drink Up and Pee Freely

This one goes out to all the kids who don’t drink. By kids, of course, I mean our wonderful readers — spoken to in a condescending manner — not minors. I would never encourage minors to drink. That’s illegal, and everything that is illegal is bad. Real bad.

A paper in the pipeline at Cancer Letters reports that xanthohumol, a chemical found in Hops, possesses some anti-tumorigenic effects in prostate cells. Hops are one of the main ingredients in beer, so I will now be using the excuse that BEER CURES CANCER whenever I wake up in the morning with a nasty hangover. Take note beer drinkers, many of the popular American beers, such as Budweiser, Coors, and Miller, are nearly devoid of hops. So, if you hope stay off the Flomax when you reach your golden years, drink an IPA.

(Via LiveScience.)


  1. #1 pough
    June 13, 2006

    Note taken. I never drink American beer (with the exception of the LA-brewed Kirin), so it’s not an issue for me. I haven’t been drinking as much beer lately, but the last time I did, I also got to hear stories about a prostate exam… from the only guy at the table not drinking beer.

  2. #2 colleen
    June 13, 2006

    And as long as you keep up your coffee intake, no need to worry about cirrhosis. (tho, really, I doubt the proposed protectant effect of coffee; the correlation is more likely due to the simple fact that anyone far gone enough to be chirrotic, or on their way, would likely forgo their daily java). Of course this is the kind-of study popular health/science media loves to seize on.

    — another teetotaler

  3. #3 Snow
    June 14, 2006

    You have to drink about 17 pints to get the required amount of good stuff. Best get started.

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