The Japanese Guide to Healthy Drinking Advice from a Saké-loving Doctor on How Alcohol Can Be Good for You

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-02-22
  • Publisher: Robinson

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'People in Japan take their drink seriously. But alcohol is seriously bad for you. This book will tell you how to hold your drink - without dying from the consequences'
HENRY GEE, Senior Editor, Nature, and author of The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution

'Drinking can be one of life's great pleasures, but it can also be very harmful and dangerous. Here is a sensible, science-driven, and thought-provoking look at both the pluses and minuses of alcohol as well as tips on how to hopefully enjoy your favourite tipple in a safer way. Kanpai!'
BRIAN ASHCRAFT, author of The Japanese Saké Bible and Japanese Whisky

'A refreshingly honest look at booze and how to get the best out of it. I can definitely drink to that.'
HELEN McGINN, author of The Knackered Mother's Wine Club


In this uniquely Japanese mix of quirky fun and hard science, alcohol is revealed not as a poison, but as the best of all medicines . . . up to a point. If we drink healthily, drinkers need never give up what we love.

Kaori Haishi is a journalist and the director of the Japan Saké Association; Dr Shinichi Asabe is a liver specialist who likes a drink. Kaori Haishi interviewed a line-up of twenty-five booze-loving physicians, including Japan's leading expert on throwing up, a sleep specialist on how nightcaps can cause depression and a professor on how drinking too much beer can prevent the secretion of testosterone. Now, with Dr Asabe's expert medical help, she has written this book.

Universally relevant information about the effects of wines, beers and spirits on the human body is delivered with clarity and precision, backed up by plentiful footnotes citing the latest academic research. The unfailingly amusing Haishi has particularly empathetic advice for women, including the merits of saké as a miracle skin-care product. The book explores all sorts of issues, such as:

Bitter Medicine - how beer can help to prevent dementia.

Shakes on a Plane - is in-flight drinking dangerous?

Mellow Yellow - checking the colour of your pee.

Snack Attacks - secrets for avoiding weight gain.

And that perennial mystery . . . how do the French get away with it?

Author Biography

"Kaori Haishi is an essayist and saké journalist, and chairwoman of the Japan Saké Association. She was born in Nerima in Tokyo in 1966, and graduated from the Department of German Language and Literature, Nihon University College of Humanities and Sciences. She then worked as a radio reporter and a journalist for a weekly women's magazine. She visits saké breweries and shochu and Awamori makers all over Japan to write articles for various media. She also gives talks, seminars, and recipe suggestions for pairing saké and food. She set up the Japan Saké Association in 2015, training saké experts to international standards, and running saké events at various locations in Japan."

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