1 Hall says that beer obviously reduces stress and that this is perhaps the best reason that beer is good for your health. It goes without saying that our uncritical, uninformed judgments about what is obviously true often turn out to be false. Thus, the earth is flat to our naked eye; but in fact it is round. Again, a mirage makes water visible to our eyes, but there is no water. In like manner it is not at all obvious that beer reduces stress in everyone who drinks it.
What is obvious to students of physiology is that those who find beer relaxing are rather like Pavlov’s experimental dogs that salivated when they heard a ringing bell even in the absence of food. What has happened to them is that on several occasions when they met socially to relax they had drunk beer. As a result a “condition reflex” had become established in which beer became the stimulus for relaxation. Chocolate or candy or music could have been substituted for beer to produce the same “conditioned relaxing” effect. Thus, there is no intrinsic stress reducing property attributable to beer.
Drinking alcoholic beverages, including beer, by healthy people seems to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Moderate alcohol use (one to two drinks per day) reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, and heart attack by approximately 30% to 50% when compared with nondrinkers.
Beer promoter Hall says that beer improves blood circulation. To improve the circulation is to protect from heart disease. So this is only another way of repeating the previous point in order to increase the number of benefits that he can attribute to beer.