A Conversation for Guinness

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Post 1

Taipan - Jack of Hearts

Heard a couple of years ago that this was the only pint available on prescription in certain instances. Bear in mind that this was probably learned at the school of 'My Dad Said', so don't know whether it's true or not.

Be a bloody good idea, though.

Anyone else heard this? or am I just fantasizing again?

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Post 2

Shy Talks

Sounds great alright! In fact, blood donors are offered a bottle of the black stuff after relieving themselves of a few non-essential pints of the red. High iron content, and all that!
They also used to give Guinness to mothers after birth, although this tradition was adopted heavily by the fathers - nothing new there, so...
In other words, your right!

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Post 3

Wand'rin star

Many years ago I was in the Queen Vic Hospital in East Grinstead
for jaw surgery.The spirit of Archie McIndoe, who had set up a plastic
unit for burnt pilots etc still lingered and every drinking patient was
prescribed a bottle of Guinness with supper
Ambulant patients were also encouraged to go into town and I spent
a very pleasant evening at the flicks with a Green Howard who had
had his jaw shot off in Malaya.
(He drank rather a lot of Guinness, but not, I think, double figures). .

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Post 4


A further anecdote: perhaps twenty or so years ago (roughly in the mid-70s), a friend of mine attended a rather exclusive boys' school modelled on the British ideal, and located in Vancouver or Victoria, Canada. He swears that every boy in the school, of whatever age, was issued a daily tumbler-full of stout. For the superior nutritional value, I'm sure.

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Post 5

There is only one thing worse than being Gosho, and that is not being Gosho

I can back this one up - in the late 60's/early 70's I remember my uncle being prescribed 3 pints of Guinness a day for a blood disorder (I don't know exactly what). He'd have one at lunchtime, and two every evening, plus maybe a few others for which he had to pay (the prescribed ones being on the NHS of course). What a shame that some damn researcher somewhere went and developed a drug that was more effective smiley - sadface

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Post 6

Is mise Duncan

It was prescribed for anaemia and post childbrith in Ireland...and was recommended to me as a possible prevention for altitude sickness.

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Post 7


Guinness has always given me great dreams after a couple of pints & no hangover the next day. I have also heard many times through the media that it is the best of all the beers to drink from a medical standpoint. Who knows if that is true or not but I do think there is some truth to it. I have been drinking it for about 25 years now & I don't get colds or sick at all & am in perfect heath. So I say a Guinness a day is good for you.

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Post 8

There is only one thing worse than being Gosho, and that is not being Gosho

That gets my vote smiley - biggrin

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Post 9

Randolph Genk

They say that stout was often prescribed to heart operation patients 'back in the day' due to its cholesterol lowering effect.
smiley - stout

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