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AP Minister calls beer a 'health drink’


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AP Minister calls beer a 'health drink’

2017-08-31 23:15:11

AP Minister calls beer a 'health drink’

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Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister KS Jawahar triggered controversy when he claimed that beer was a health drink. Amid protests by women over the state's new liquor policy, he reportedly told a news channel that the government would promote beer as a health drink.

The Minister was talking about the state's new excise policy on July 4, when he claimed that beer was a health drink. The anchor mmediately responded, asking the Minister how he can make such a statement, and how he would prove that. Immediately, the Minister responded saying, "Who said beer is not a health drink? I am ready to prove it. Come here, and I will prove it. How can I prove it through television?"

It was also reported that he even sent a WhatsApp message to the channel, listing the "health benefits" of beer, in a note titled '13 amazing 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 news agency quoted the note as saying.

YSRCP MLA Roja lashed out at Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and the Minister, and accused the state of actively promoting alcoholism and also dubbed them 'anti-women'.She also mockiingly asked if Jawahar was willing to come forward for an alcohol test. According to reports, Naidu summoned the Minister the same evening and gave him a piece of his mind.Since then, the Minister has claimed that his comments were taken out of context, and were used to ridicule him on social media.

“I was reacting to a question on promoting liquor as part of the new excise policy. I said the government does not encourage liquor consumption, but tries to control it. Since it is practically impossible to prevent people from drinking, I said it would be better to encourage consumption of beer instead. Beer is a healthier option compared to other forms of liquor because it contains very less alcohol,” the Minister said.

Responding to Roja's challenge, Jawahar said, "I also have a challenge. You and me will go for an alcohol test. Let's see who has more alcohol inside them. I'm ready to do it publicly. Even those who criticize, should be ready." Interestingly, the Minister also said, "I didn't even know the difference between Beer and Breezer until I took on the responsibility. It was only after that, that I studied the different types and different brands of alcohol that are available, and am now taking steps to curb liquor in the state."

He also pleaded people to stop his 'character assassination' on social media, and said that his goal was to see a liquor-free state. "I would appeal to all the people, to stop drinking immediately," he said.

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AP Minister calls beer a 'health drink’

2017-08-31 23:15:11

The News Bureau

Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister KS Jawahar triggered controversy when he claimed that beer was a health drink. Amid protests by women over the state's new liquor policy, he reportedly told a news channel that the government would promote beer as a health drink.

The Minister was talking about the state's new excise policy on July 4, when he claimed that beer was a health drink. The anchor mmediately responded, asking the Minister how he can make such a statement, and how he would prove that. Immediately, the Minister responded saying, "Who said beer is not a health drink? I am ready to prove it. Come here, and I will prove it. How can I prove it through television?"

It was also reported that he even sent a WhatsApp message to the channel, listing the "health benefits" of beer, in a note titled '13 amazing 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 news agency quoted the note as saying.

YSRCP MLA Roja lashed out at Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and the Minister, and accused the state of actively promoting alcoholism and also dubbed them 'anti-women'.She also mockiingly asked if Jawahar was willing to come forward for an alcohol test. According to reports, Naidu summoned the Minister the same evening and gave him a piece of his mind.Since then, the Minister has claimed that his comments were taken out of context, and were used to ridicule him on social media.

“I was reacting to a question on promoting liquor as part of the new excise policy. I said the government does not encourage liquor consumption, but tries to control it. Since it is practically impossible to prevent people from drinking, I said it would be better to encourage consumption of beer instead. Beer is a healthier option compared to other forms of liquor because it contains very less alcohol,” the Minister said.

Responding to Roja's challenge, Jawahar said, "I also have a challenge. You and me will go for an alcohol test. Let's see who has more alcohol inside them. I'm ready to do it publicly. Even those who criticize, should be ready." Interestingly, the Minister also said, "I didn't even know the difference between Beer and Breezer until I took on the responsibility. It was only after that, that I studied the different types and different brands of alcohol that are available, and am now taking steps to curb liquor in the state."

He also pleaded people to stop his 'character assassination' on social media, and said that his goal was to see a liquor-free state. "I would appeal to all the people, to stop drinking immediately," he said.