As some of you are aware, I own a restaurant/bar. We have Guinness Stout on draft. One of my patrons came in the other day claiming that a person could live on Guinness, 48 pints a day would be needed to sustain human nutrition, plus a glass of orange juice. he claims he read it on the internet :rolleyes
Now my questions are this: 48 pints a day = 1 pint every half hour, but that wouldn't work because you would probably get sleepy, so...
1. You drink 4 pints an hour for 12 hours a day and pass out for 12 hours each day. How long would the average human liver last at this rate of consumption?
2. Wouldn't you shit yourself to death?
3. Has anybody else seen any claims of the "Guinness Diet" on the net?
And, at two pints of Guiness an hour, 24/7, plus the cost of orange juice... that's as costly as it gets. Paddy, could you provide me with some numbers so I could do some figuring. Alcohol doesn't directly cause cirrosis of the liver? Good God, that's another one. What I learned was "Alcohol is bad. It causes liver cancer. It will kill you." And certain types of wine (1 glass a day for women, 2 for men) will cut your chances of heart disease in half and lower your risk of Alhiemers.
Rumor "Crunching numbers" Buster
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quote:Originally posted by rumor_buster: And, at two pints of Guiness an hour, 24/7, plus the cost of orange juice... that's as costly as it gets. Paddy, could you provide me with some numbers so I could do some figuring.
Sure. Guinness is right around 4% alcohol by volume. At approximately 4% alcohol at 20 oz. per Imperial Pint, at 48 pints per day, that would be 38.4 ounces of alcohol per day, which would be the near equivalent to a liter of Everclear each day, am I correct? As far as nutritional value, I dunno, that's why I am asking if anybody has seen a mention of this before.
And while it is true that alcohol doesn't necessarily cause liver failure or liver cancer or cirrosis, it can be a contributing factor if other elements are in place, mainly a stressed immune system, bodily fatigue, poor dietary habits, etc. etc.
Q: I have heard that it is possible to live on Guinness and milk alone. Is this true, or even partially true?
A. This is not quite true. Guinness does contain many vitamins and minerals in small quantities, but is lacking vitamin C, as well as calcium and fat. So, to fulfil all of your daily nutritional requirements you would need to drink a glass of orange juice, two glasses of milk, and 47 pints of Guinness. - NIGEL GOODWIN, University of Nottingham
a. One factor missing would be dietary fibre. There is plenty of evidence that a diet rich in fats (which milk is) and low in fibre can result in health problems, such as colorectal cancer. JOHN COOK Waterlooville Hampshire
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