Beer is a 'health drink' and I can prove it, says Andhra Pradesh excise minister KS Jawahar

Amaravati: For Andhra Pradesh excise minister KS Jawahar, beer is a health drink and he is ready to prove it, a remark that would please guzzlers no end.

 Beer is a health drink and I can prove it, says Andhra Pradesh excise minister KS Jawahar

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Amid protests by women over the state's new liquor policy, he purportedly told a TV news channel that the government would promote beer as a healthy drink.

"Who said beer is not a health drink? I am ready to prove it's a health drink," he told the channel late on Monday night. A video clip of his remarks has gone viral on social media.

The minister was not available for comment or clarifications.

But, he reportedly sent a WhatsApp message to the channel this morning listing the "health benefits" of beer.

"The health benefits of beer include anti-cancer properties, a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, prevention of dementia and coronary disease.

"It also aids the digestive system, treats diabetes and has anti-ageing properties," the note, titled '13 amazing benefits of beer', said.

Excise department officials, however, pleaded ignorance about the move to promote beer as a health drink.

"If it's a health drink, why do we need a special licence for brewing? It could even be sold in any general store," a senior excise official remarked.

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Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017 22:10:55 IST