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The Japanese Guide to Healthy Drinking: Advice from a Sake-loving Doctor on How Alcohol Can Be Good for You

Kaori Haishi, Shinichi Asabe

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Men's health

Indispensable advice from a sake-loving doctor and twenty-five booze-loving physicians on how alcohol can be the best of all medicines . . . up to a point.

'People in Japan take their drink seriously. But alcohol is seriously bad for you. This book will tell you how to hold your drink - without dying from the consequences'
HENRY GEE, Senior Editor, Nature, and author of The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution

ALCOHOL CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU!

In this uniquely Japanese mix of quirky fun and hard science, alcohol is revealed not as a poison, but as the best of all medicines . . . up to a point. If we drink healthily, drinkers need never give up what we love.

Kaori Haishi is a journalist and the director of the Japan Sake Association; Dr Shinichi Asabe is a liver specialist who likes a drink. Together they interview a line-up of twenty-five booze-loving physicians, including Japan's leading expert on throwing up, a sleep specialist on how nightcaps can cause depression and a professor on how drinking too much beer can prevent the secretion of testosterone.

Universally relevant information about the effects of wines, beers and spirits on the human body is delivered with clarity and precision, backed up by plentiful footnotes citing the latest academic research. The unfailingly amusing Haishi has plainly suffered through many a compulsory works outing and has particularly empathetic advice for women, including the merits of sake as a miracle skin-care product. The book explores all sorts of issues, such as:

Bitter Medicine -- how beer can help to prevent dementia.

Shakes on a Plane - is in-flight drinking dangerous?

Mellow Yellow - checking the colour of your pee.

Snack Attacks - secrets for avoiding weight gain.

And that perennial mystery . . . how do the French get away with it?

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Praise for The Japanese Guide to Healthy Drinking: Advice from a Sake-loving Doctor on How Alcohol Can Be Good for You

  • Mastering a way of drinking recommended by medical doctors brings a sense of confidence . . . What you think you know might be turned upside down. - Sunday Mainichi

  • Mastering a way of drinking recommended by medical doctors brings a sense of confidence . . . What you think you know might be turned upside down. - Sunday Mainichi

  • People in Japan take their drink seriously. But alcohol is seriously bad for you. This book will tell you how to hold your drink - without dying from the consequences.

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