"Fermented beverages have been preferred over waterthroughout the ages: they are safer, provide psychotropic effects, and arenutritious. Some have even said alcohol was the primary agent for thedevelopment of Western civilization, since more healthy individuals (even if inebriated much of the time) lived longer and had greater reproductive success."
Dr. Patrick McGovern, et al. in The Origins
& Ancient History of Wine
"Bacchus we thank who gave us wine
Which warms the blood within our veins;
That nectar is itself divine.
"The man who drinks not, yet attains
By godly grace to human rank
Would be an angel if he drank."
French drinking song
"Knowledge enormous makes a God of me.
Names, deeds, gray legends, dire events, rebellions,
Majesties, sovran voices, agonies,
Creations and destroyings, all at once
Pour into the wide hollows of my brain,
And deify me, as if some blithe wine
Or bright elixir peerless I had drunk,
And so become immortal."
John Keats 1795 - 1821
Poems , Hyperion: A Fragment, bk. III, l. 11
Though I don't drink, an article that appeared in the on-line Science Daily makes me want to drink wine. The French eat food with high cholesterol and saturated fats. Yet studies show they have low death rate from heart disease because of the consumption of the red wine.
An article that appeared in the Nov. 21 2008 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, written by Alzheimer's researchers at UCLA and Mt Sinai School of Medicine showed that chemicals called polyphenols in wine block the formation of toxic chemicals, plaques, that can destroy brain cells. The polyphenols can also reduce the bad effects of the existing plaques in the brain, thus prevent the plaques from causing Alzheimer's disease. Please, read on...
"Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages."
"Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink
of women, and water the drink of beasts."
John Stuart Blackie