Posts Tagged ‘medicine’

Booze as Medicine

April 23, 2009

Everyone has a different remedy for curing illness, whether it’s traditional medication, herbal supplements or even prayer. 

But the thirsty ones among us often attempt to cure what ails us (common cold, depression, hangnail) with alcohol. From straight scotch to hot toddys, alcohol is nature’s natural antiseptic and can trace its medicinal use back thousands of years.  Today we even drink for preventative measures.  A glass or two of red wine a day purportedly protects against everything from high blood pressure to certain cancers.

For me, it’s whiskey.  Specifically, whiskey with tea and lemon.  Tea for the antioxidants, lemon for the vitamins and whiskey for the whiskey. Whether science or placebo, it usually does the trick. It’s killed colds, sore throats and nausea. It helps me sleep and generally just raises my spirits. And you don’t even need a prescription, just proof of age.

Of course, as I write this, I think I’m getting sick.  Which means it’s time to break out the faithful concoction. After all, one can never be too careful with one’s health.