Saved By The... Beer?

I've been pumping beer into my body for years.  Never thought it could save my life though.

It's "saved" me from many family gatherings, bad sporting events and childbirth classes.

(OK, I was kidding on the childbirth classes thing. Something you definitely should be sober for. If only for the fact that you weren't at conception.)

But now that I know that beer can save a life, I'm even more of a fan.

If it turns out beer is the miracle cure we've all been looking for, then doctor's visits are going to be WAY more entertaining.



There's a 48-year-old guy named Nguyen (pronounced Hwinn) Van Nhat in Quang Tri, Vietnam.  And doctors saved his life on Christmas . . . by pumping him full of beer.



Here's what happened.  Apparently, Nguyen had been drinking alcohol . . . but not the kind we all normally drink.  He was drinking methanol, which is the kind that's used to make things like formaldehyde, antifreeze, paint thinner, and gasoline.

Beer is a different type of alcohol . . . it's ethanol.  And the doctors knew that if they fed this guy beer, it would keep his liver busy enough processing the ethanol to keep it from fully processing the methanol . . . which would kill the guy.



So they wound up pumping him full of 15 cans of beer, which gave them enough time to get the methanol out of his system and save his life. 

Get the full story from Newsweek here.

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