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AP Excise Minister promotes beer, calls it as ‘healthy drink’

  • Talking to a TV news channel, Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister K S Jawahar said beer is a health drink.
  • He reportedly sent a WhatsApp message to the TV channel this morning listing the "health benefits" of beer.
  • Excise department officials, however, pleaded ignorance about the move to promote beer as a health drink.
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Amid protests by women over the state's new liquor policy, Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister K S Jawahar said beer is a health drink.

Talking to a TV news channel, Jawahar said that the government would promote beer as a healthy drink and this has pleased the guzzlers.

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

However, the minister was not available for comment or clarifications.

But, he reportedly sent a WhatsApp message to the TV 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 special licence for brewing? It could even be sold in any general store," a senior excise official remarked.

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