For Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister K S Jawahar, beer is a health drink and he is ready to prove it, a remark that would please guzzlers no end.
Amid protests by women over the states new liquor policy, he told that the government would promote beer as a healthy drink.
“Who said beer is not a health drink? I am ready to prove its a health drink,” he said .
A video clip of his remarks has gone viral on social media.
The minister was not available for comment or clarifications.
But he sent a WhatsApp message to the channel this morning about 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.
“If its 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.