Monday, 14 December 2009

“Champagne for my real friends . . . ”

RealPain Health news today that says your Christmas celebrations might be good for you, if you take Cactus Kate’s advice and stick to champagne and lots two glasses of it.

_quote We have found that a couple of glasses a day has a beneficial effect on the walls of blood vessels – which suggests champagne has the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease," Dr Jeremy Spencer of Reading University told the Observer. "It is very exciting news."

Sure is.  Just make sure those glasses are large ones!  Because it’s entirely self-evidence that flourishing and being happy about it is good for you. If it doesn’t make you live longer by pursuing eudemonia then it certainly seems like much longer if you don’t—and you hardly need a scientist to tell you that.

So as Tom Waits once said, “Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends.”

And to celebrate this great news, here’s the Champagne Song from Die Fledermaus: “It’s not how much you drink, it’s what you drink.  A toast to King Champagne!” (The toast, by Kiri te Kanawa, starts about 2:00 in.)


  1. Shame on you!

    Champagne is Evil.

    Don't you know the bubbles are full of the EPA's recently declared toxic substance - carbon dioxide.

  2. 2 glasses a day on average is fine. As I have advised elsewhere this means one session a week of 14 standard drinks is fine. 2 sessions of 7 standard drinks is fine. And so on....

    Of course if you have a week off to recover then you can have 4 sessions of 7 drinks....


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