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    Tuesday, 7 February 2017

    A Win for Wine Lovers - Alcohol Could Prevent Food Poisoning, Experts Report


    There’s nothing better than sitting in glorious sunshine sipping at your favourite tipple, worries left behind and the sea stretching on ahead. Unfortunately, for all the good it provides, the holiday season carries with it a high risk of food poisoning as we travel the world introducing our stomachs to foreign bugs, or in areas where hygiene standards maybe aren’t as polished as they are back home, concentrations of contaminants that would see premises’ shut down on health grounds in the UK.

    Well, in an announcement that is guaranteed to brighten your day, experts have now announced that the aforementioned tipple could be the best thing for you, as various studies have shown that alcoholic beverages, particularly wine and beer, can prevent the spread of pathogens such as E.Coli, Salmonella and Listeria, in some cases killing them off completely.

    Richard Conroy, food scientist and founder of compensation firm SickHoliday.com, which specialises in cases involving food poisoning abroad, told The Sun Online, “Whenever you go on holiday abroad, particularly on all-inclusive trips, you run the gauntlet of the restaurants and buffet bars.

    “They can often be breeding grounds for food-borne pathogens like Salmonella, E.Coli, Listeria, and even Cholera.

    “But the good news is that wine, beer, gin and other alcohols have been found to be great at pathogen prevention. Tests have shown that there’s anti-microbial properties in wine, which help defend against bacteria, and red appears to do a better job than white due to an increased number of antioxidants.”

    However, Mr Conway did take a moment to state that, while moderate alcohol consumption can be good for us, drinking in excess will result in negative health effects. Particularly as most of us tend to holiday in hot, dry climates, a bout of hangover-induced dehydration is the last thing you need.

    As it turns out, this is not the first time that a link has been suggested between alcohol and a reduction in cases of food poisoning. A study carried out in 1995 by researchers at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, found that red and white wine were more effective at killing off E.Coli, Salmonella and Shigella than Pepto-Bismol, the commonly-recommended treatment.

    These findings were supported by Dr Walter Peterson, Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas, who said of the research, “Drinking alcohol in moderation, especially wine and beer, stimulates acid secretion in the stomach, which might lower the risk of food poisoning.

    “You still have to maintain safe food practices, but you could get some added benefit by drinking wine.”

    With that in mind, I'm off for a nice slap-up meal and a pint. Cheers!



    Sam Bonson

    Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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