Monday, December 8, 2008

Meat and Alcohol

Jo Brand once poses the rhetorical question: "If we aren't supposed to eat animals, why are they all made out of meat?" She has a point, you know.
Vegetarianism has always been a bit of a non-starter for me. We are not supposed to be vegetarians. Look at our teeth, our digestive system, our enzymes. Omnivores; that's what we are. We have all the anatomical traits of omnivores. Eating only plants is a choice driven by squeamishness.
For much of the human race, alcohol falls into the same category. We are equipped with specialised emzymes to be able to cope with alcohol. So drink it! It seems a shame to waste all that alcohol dehydrogenase. In the far East we humans made our water fit to drink (and hence cut the death rate) by boiling. That's where tea became important. In Europe we cleaned our water using the antiseptic properties of alcohol in ale, lager, beer - whatever.
Bacon sandwiches and Guinness - it's great being a human.

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