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Occasional bits'n'pieces of statistics, oddities, humour...

"See also"

Prices Surveys
Compilations of pricing info and related statistics
A First for Greene King?
A wonderful (& true) story!
Cambridge Beer Festival Beers 1974-1997
compiled by Bob Flood.
ALE magazine 191 & 211 - for historical interest
A Pint From The Past
Turn of the Tied
The Corn Exchange
The evils of tea (and the virtues of beer)
Highlights from William Cobbett's Cottage Economy (1822).

So now we know...

Advert seen in a local paper in 1993:
Turn tap water into pub-quality lager in seconds!
Using the world's first electronic drinks dispenser
Demonstators/distributors required in and around Cambridge
Excellent opportunity - Serious enquiries only

Pub Violence

[As reported in the Times Higher Education Supplement 27-Nov-1998.]

A researcher into pub violence has concluded that landlords may be to blame for fights on their premises if the place is dirty and untidy.

Claire Lawrence of Leicester University's Scarman Centre for the Study of Public Order questioned around 200 people about several scenarios of a landlord as victim trying to deal with a situation. She then asked them to apportion blame.

She reckons that a dirty pub sends signals that anything goes.

As with many such modern research projects, the fact that it's been done is as interesting as the findings!

Five pints a day?

[The Publican 17-May-1999]

A study by Harvard University on bladder cancer found that an increased liquid intake reduced the risk. Water is best but any palatable liquid is good. Men who take 4.5 pints or more per day halve the risk relative to those drinking 2 pints or less.

47,909 American men were studied over 10 years. There are too few women with bladder cancer for a valid study.

Beer may be good for you

[Widely reported on 28-Apr-2000, e.g. BBC News]

A letter in The Lancet from Dr Henk Hendriks and colleagues from the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute reports that beer may be good for the heart.

Beer contains vitamin B6 which prevents the build up in the body of a chemical called homocysteine which is thought to be linked to an increase in the risk of heart disease.

They studied 111 healthy men over 3 weeks and compared the consumption with dinner of beer, spirits, red wine and water.

They found that homocysteine levels did not increase after beer consumption but rose after drinking wine and spirits.

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