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Arthur Nelson enjoys killing another million brain cells

I am happy to confess (truthfully) to being a modest imbiber of alcohol. For the most part, I can take it or leave it. That said, last night I went out for a pub drink, via an introduction by a mutual acquaintance, with a chap who has written a book on a subject that combines WW1 and sport.

During the course of a rewarding and positive evening, I happened to drink two pints of Pullman’s beer to what I naturally assumed was little personal effect, well beyond perhaps a welcoming degree of loosening of the tongue and added relaxation.

Today, however, I came across a report on the website of the Daily Mail, giving details of research done into the ‘memory loss’ effect upon middle-aged men of drinking – for example – er … two pints of beer a day.

On one level, it’s a typical example of the sort of scare story that is a staple of the British media, no doubt – as likely as not – soon to be directly contradicted by another piece of newly-published research.

On another, it leaves me undecided as to whether, in response, I should now make extra efforts to exclude alcohol from my diet – or, alternatively, simply adopt the attitude ‘Who cares?’ and carry on as I have for the past twenty years.

We’ve all got to peg-out at some point and surely the adage ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’ applies. Life has to be for the living, not worrying about.

Anyway, I invite National Rust readers to judge for themselves here – DAILY MAIL

About Arthur Nelson

Looking forward to his retirement in 2015, Arthur has written poetry since childhood and regularly takes part in poetry workshops and ‘open mike’ evenings. More Posts