Australia’s PM Tony Abbot was filmed drinking a large glass of beer in only 7 seconds.
Tony Abbott was at a bar in east Sydney on April 18 along with players from the UTS Bats Australian Rules football team.
Some members of the team shouted chants encouraging the prime minister to finish his drink in one move.
Tony Abbott finished the schooner – around two-thirds of a pint – in a little more than 7 seconds.
One of the team’s coaches, Simon Carrodus, told Australian Women’s Weekly: “He proceeds to reach down and grab a schooner and he drank from head-to-toe the entire schooner, dribbling little bits on his shirt.
“He was proud as punch.”
One of Tony Abbott’s predecessors, Bob Hawke, boasted of breaking a world record by drinking two-and-a-half pints of beer in only 11 seconds.
In 2012, at the age of 82, Bob Hawke was filmed drinking a large beer in seconds at a cricket match.
Tony Abbott said last year he enjoyed “a drink on social occasions” but warned of the perils of binge drinking.
The prime minister wrote: “There’s a world of difference between having two or three drinks a night and occasionally a bit more on a Saturday night and this new binge culture.”
After the footage was posted, Tony Abbott came in for some criticism.
One Twitter user said: “Whoop dee doo Abbott chugged a beer. Still can’t run a government.”
Many of the responses were congratulatory. Ben Cubby, the deputy editor of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, wrote on Twitter: “Say what you like, but Abbott did well with that beer.”
Brewmeister’s owners, Lewis Shand and John McKenzie, spent nine months creating Snake Venome, the world’s strongest beer at 67.5%.
The new beer is so strong it comes with a warning label on the neck of the bottle.
Lewis Shand and John McKenzie said: “This is not a beer to be drunk like all the other ones, you’re not supposed to drink more than 35 ml in one sitting.
“It’s a great thing to buy someone for Christmas though, as it’s difficult to buy presents for guys and I’m sure they’ll appreciate the chance to say they’ve drunk the world’s strongest beer.”
A 275ml bottle of Snake Venom costs £50 ($80) – the equivalent of £6.25 per serving.
Lewis Shand and John McKenzie spent nine months creating Snake Venom, the world’s strongest beer at 67.5 percent
Lewis Shand, 27, claimed the beer was like nothing avid drinkers have ever tasted before, adding: “It tastes like a liquor rather than a beer and has a whole host of different flavors, ranging from bubblegum to caramel.”
Although the Scottish brewers have clinched the honor of world’s strongest beer for now, it’s likely their crown will be snatched away quite quickly – breweries have been battling for the title for years.
Brewdog fired the starting pistol with their Tactical Nuclear Penguin, which boasted 32% proof. Then a German brewery entered the race with Schorschbock at 40%. Brewdog nudged ahead with Sink The Bismarck a short time later, with an ABV of 41%.
More recently, beers such as ‘t Koelschip, Start The Future and Armageddon nudged the strength up to an eye-watering, mouth-stinging 65%.
Oktoberfest 2012, the 179th edition of the world’s most famous beer festival, has begun on September, 22, at the Theresienwiese fairground in Munich (München), Germany.
September, 22 is also the day of autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, which brought a heavy rain to Munich.
At the “Schottenhamel” beer tent, Mayor Christian Ude performed the traditional ritual and inserted the first tap into the first keg of Oktoberfest-beer. “O’zapft is!” (“It is tapped!”), he cried into the microphone and wished everyone a peaceful Oktoberfest. The traditional opening ceremony also included a 12-gun salute.
The first mug of beer was offered to the Bavarian prime-minister Horst Seehofer and after that all the other beer tents could start selling beer. The event was broadcast on live TV and via the Internet.
According to the official website of the Oktoberfest, “The Schottenhamel tent, which in 1867 was just a small beer booth with 50 seats, has become the largest Wiesn tent with circa 10,000 seats. The Schottenhamel is the favourite hunting ground for Munich’s young people, who meet there to drink and party.” The Wiesn is the festival area.
Oktoberfest 2012 has started on September, 22, in Munich, Germany. The Wiesn, festival area, has over 26 hectares.
With around 12,000 waiters and waitresses expected to serve more than seven million “mass” (liter-sized glasses) in 35 tents, Oktoberfest 2012 will be an enormous party, stretching on over 65 acres (26 hectares).
The German folk fest features beer tents, oompah bands (a form of popular German music), sales booths, souvenir shops, carnival rides and restaurants serving traditional delicacies.
There are six different breweries that provide their own Oktoberfest beers, Augustinerbrauerei, Hacker-Pschorrbrauerei, Löwenbrauerei, Paulanerbrauerei, Spatenbrauerei and Staatliches Hofbräuhaus.
Only Munich beer from the proven traditional Munich breweries which satisfy the Munich purity standards of 1487 and the German purity standards of 1906 may be served.
This year, a “mass” will be sold between 9.10 euros and 9.50 euros ($12.30), a rise of 3.9 percent since last year, and of 43 percent over a decade.
Beer is the major source of income at Oktoberfest. In 2011 over 7.5 million liters of beer were sold, setting an all-time beer record.
Bavarian delicacies such as radishes, obatzda (specially garnished cream cheese), sausages and roast chicken or spicy fish grilled on a skewer will be served with the beer. Another Wiesn specialty is the ox roasted on a spit at the Ochsenbraterei.
Over six million drinkers will consume tens of thousands of giant soft pretzels, pork, dumplings and other delicacies. Last year, party-goers ate 118 oxen, 53 calves and thousands of chickens.
German waitress wearing traditional outfit.
Oktoberfest is also a traditional German folk festival, a showcase for Bavarian culture.
Women wear a traditional outfit, long Dirndl, a bodice, a skirt, a blouse and an apron, lace-up dresses with plunging necklines, and men wear lederhosen or suede knee breeches. Also, the revelers take part in processions of regional costumes.
At the opening of the Oktoberfest there is a ceremony of the entry of the festival hosts and breweries, which has been the same since 1887. The families of the festival arrive in coaches adorned with flowers, along with the bands, waitresses on decorated carriages. The procession is led off by the “Münchner Kindl” – Munich’s symbolic figure – on horseback, followed by the festival coach of the Lord Mayor.
The procession of folklore and marksmen groups takes place on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. About 9,000 persons from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Norway, Poland and Switzerland participate in this seven-kilometer long parade. There are people in historical uniforms, marksmen, folklore groups, local bands and thoroughbred horses. This procession was held for the first time in 1835 on the occasion of the silver wedding anniversary of Ludwig I and Therese of Bavaria.
A big band open-air concert of all Oktoberfest bands with some 300 musicians takes place on the second Sunday of the festival. For the grand finale of the Oktoberfest on the last Sunday, some 60 marksmen give a farewell salute.
Initially intended as a celebration to commemorate a royal wedding, the marriage of the prince of Bavaria, Ludwig I, to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, Oktoberfest began in 1810.
The event was cancelled during two cholera outbreaks, two world wars, Napoleon’s invasion of Bavaria and the hyperinflation of the 1920s.
The festival has evolved into a holiday celebrating all things German, especially the brewing of märzen, the traditional Oktoberfest beer.
Oktoberfest has been adopted in places near and far from its Bavarian home, and is held across entire Germany and also in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia, and the United States.
Oktoberfest 2012 runs from September 23 to October 7.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that moderate consumption of wine can increase bone mineral density (BMD) and prevent post-menopausal fractures linked to osteoporosis.
Researchers from the University of East Anglia and Kings College London have studied over 1,000 pairs of female of age about 55. The subjects were questioned about their dietary habits and the scientists have measured the thickness of their bones in the hip joint, the spine and the top of the femur. These are the places in which the bones are broken more often when osteoporosis occurred in post-menopause.
Moderate wine drinkers had higher bone density in the spine and the hip than non-drinkers, or drinkers of other types of alcohol (spirit, beer).
A glass of wine a day could prevent osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, stroke and heart attack, but excessive drinking increases risks of these conditions.
A diet of fish and chips, baked beans, meat pies and cooked meats apparently lowered bone mineral density and a diet high in fruit and vegetables seemed to have no substantial benefits.
“Moderate intakes of alcohol from wine were associated with a higher bone mineral density and the consumption of a traditional 20th-century English diet was linked with a lower bone density,” said scientists.
The findings come before World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, 2011.
Polyphenols, found in the skin of grapes, could help the bones strengthening, not the alcohol, other studies have suggested. Polyphenols are known as antioxidants and they help to prevent heart and brain diseases (stroke, Alzheimer’s), besides osteoporosis.
While a glass a day could prevent osteoporisis, and smaller studies have suggested alcohol might have a protective effect, heavy drinking is known as a major factor that weakens the bones, and leads to osteoporosis.
It is not the first time when researchers focus on the linkage between osteoporosis and wine.
Katherine Tucker, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston, said in 2004 that beer could prevent osteoporosis in men bones, while wine is good for women bones. Beer contains silicon and wine polyphenols. The study was performed on 2,900 men and women, but there were not enough men who had drunk wine, nor women who had drunk beer, thus, the study only linked men to beer and women to wine. However, Professor Tucker said it is possible that men could benefit from two glasses of wine, while women from two cans of beer.
The study was presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research annual meeting. Men who drank one to two beers a day had around 7% higher hip bone mineral density than nondrinkers. In women, increase was slightly less but was still significantly better than bone mineral density in nondrinkers.
The same message about the importance of moderation was sent at that time too, because “while two cans of beer or two 6 ounce [177,44 ml] glasses of wine are good for bones, drinking more is harmful,” and about distilled beverages (vodka or Scotch) “daily consumption of more than two drinks promotes osteoporosis,” Professor Tucker said.
What is osteoporosis?
In children bones grow and regenerate rapidly, but in adults the process is slower. Over the age of 30 a person starts to lose bone mineral density. Through life old bone is being destroyed by osteoclasts and new bone is formed by osteoblasts. The osteoblasts (cells that produce new bone) became gradually outnumbered by osteoclasts (cells that remove the calcium and phosphorous from an old bone). The balance between these two types of cells is very important for a healthy bone.
Osteoporosis occurs when bone mineral density is lower. The bones are fragile and break (fracture) easily.
Osteoporosis (porous bones, from Greek: ὀστέον/osteon meaning bone and πόρος/poros meaning pore) is a condition that causes bones to become weak and fragile and to break (fracture) easily. It appears frequently in the spine, wrist and hips. Osteoporosis is called a silent disease because lots of people become aware of it only until a fracture occurs.
The gold standard for diagnosis is dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA, formerly DEXA). It measures bone mineral density and expressed it in standard deviations from a young adult reference population (T-score).
* T-score -1.0 or greater is normal
* T-score between -1.0 and -2.5 is low bone mass (osteopenia)
* T-score -2.5 or below is osteoporosis
Osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan.
Steroid drugs, smoke, heavy drinking and a family history of osteoporosis are important risk factors.
Worldwide, an osteoporotic fracture is estimated to occur every 3 seconds, a vertebral fracture every 22 seconds.
Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90.
About 20-25% of hip fractures occur in men. The overall mortality is about 20% in the first 12 months after hip fracture and is higher in men than women.
It is estimated that the lifetime risk of experiencing an osteoporotic fracture in men over the age of 50 is 30%, similar to the lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer. (Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation).
Can osteoporosis be prevented?
First the risk factors have to be removed. Adequate nutrition (with food rich in proteins, calcium and vitamin D), daily moderate sun exposure (to stimulate vitamin D production) and adequate exercise can slow osteoporosis progression and prevent fractures. An excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of skin tumors or melanoma. Childhood and adolescence are the perfect times to improve bone mineral density through exercise and to prevent osteoporosis.