Last night a blogger friend emailed me this UK Guardian report that said Barack Obama's doctors recommended "'moderation of alcohol intake.'"
When a person is told to moderate his alcohol consumption, that tells me he's drinking too much. And I'm not the only one who interpreted the word "moderation" in that way. Ann Althouse asks:
How many beers a day would Obama need to be drinking before his doctor would recommend "moderation of alcohol intake"?
Now, some could argue that moderation also could mean that he should increase his alcohol intake in order to get the optimal health benefits, but I highly doubt it. It's clear President Obama enjoys adult beverages from all pictures of him in various settings with some kind of adult beverage in his hand, whether it's a beer or a glass of wine at White House dinners and parties, which according to reports he has quite often.
We don't exactly know much President Obama is drinking, but the Mayo Clinic, a hospital system that President Obama praised for its ability to provide outstanding medical care while keeping health care costs down, says this about moderate drinking:
You've likely heard to drink in moderation, but what does that mean? And why is moderation important?
Moderate alcohol use seems to offer some health benefits, particularly for the heart. But too much alcohol raises the stakes, putting you at risk of adverse health consequences.
Whether you drink is up to you and your doctor. But here are some points on alcohol consumption to consider.
Benefits of moderation
Moderate drinking is defined as two drinks a day if you're a male 65 and younger, or one drink a day if you're a female or a male 66 and older. A drink is defined as 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits.
So if the president's doctors recommended "moderation of alcohol intake" that signals he is drinking more than the maximum recommended two drinks a day, which in the long run can be detrimental instead of beneficial to his health. Now does that mean he's a drunk? Who knows. But I have a feeling there are a lot of bloggers out there who are right now digging through video of the president trying to find any indication that he threw back one too many before getting behind the teleprompter.
Update: There's a commenter who has taken offense at my post. He/she linked to a UK Telegraph article that didn't mention anything about alcohol intake and used it as proof that I'm a "lying racist bitch!!!!!!!"
If I'm a "lying racist bitch!!!!!!!" then so is MSNBC, because it included the alcohol intake information as well:
The doctor said Obama should:
- Have another exam for colon cancer in five years.
- Continue smoking cessation efforts, a daily exercise program, a healthy diet, moderation in alcohol intake, periodic dental care, and remain up to date with recommended immunizations.
- Keep up a modified exercise regimen to strengthen his legs to ward off more difficulties with his knee.
- Modify his diet to lower his LDL cholesterol below 130.
As I'm sure you've read in the comments, Jay Tea and I have a bit of difference of opinion about exactly what "moderation in alcohol intake" means. Jay Tea thinks it means that Obama's doctors think he should continue with his already moderate (adjective) alcohol consumption. I am of the opinion that it means that the doctors recommend that he should moderate (verb) his alcohol intake.
Even if I am right, is this earth shattering information? Not really. But it made for some fun Obamabot chain yanking.