Friday, August 19, 2005

Beer Plus: Beer with Additives

Recently, new beers have been released containing nicotine, caffeine and vitamins (though not at all once). Take, for example, NicoShot:

NicoShot is not necessarily a cure for smoking, but it can help smokers make lifestyle changes "without having to walk out of the bar for a quick smoke to deal with sudden withdrawal symptoms."

NicoShot contains a shot of natural nicotine, equivalent to a few regular filtered cigarettes. One 250 ml can of NicoShot contains 6.3 percent alcohol by volume. The press release notes that three cans of the brew are comparable to an entire pack of cigarettes...

Anheuser-Busch has released BE, which stands for Beer with Extra, which is being "marketed at people aged 18 to 34 who like to drink in bars and clubs." From the BBC:

Each bottle of BE beer contains 5% alcohol and 60.4mg of caffeine, as well as guarana and ginseng and flavouring to give it a sweet, fruity taste.

Campaigners fear the caffeine will spur drinkers to consume more beer by keeping them awake...

And finally, for those who prefer a more natural alternative, there's Lady Bird Bio Beer, made with vitamins and Aloe Vera. From IndiaInfo:

Rao said results of human clinical trails have shown that aloe vera increases the bioavailability of Vitamins B1, B6, B12, C and E...

Years of research have also proved that with the long-term use of the beverage, there was no ulceration, gastric trouble or other harmful effects from drinking it, Dr. Amarnath said.

Apart from giving the pleasant feeling, this also protects the liver by improving its function, he said, claiming it reduces the blood cholesterol and also maintains the bilirubin to normal levels...

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