Medical Tuesday Blog
What To Die For—Cigarettes Or Whiskey?
At the end of your life, your family will miss you more if you die from smoking than from drinking. Cigarettes merely rot your lungs; alcohol rots your soul. By the time you die from too much booze, your family can’t wait for you to go. It takes a long time for a stiff to become a stiff. Resentment sets in long before rigor mortis does. The dirty secret about alcohol is that it raises one’s HDL or good cholesterol. That means that as many as 300 thousand Frenchmen die each year of cirrhosis with wide-open coronaries.
No wonder cardiologists prefer to practice here. They’d starve in France.
Hippocrates and His Kin / Hippocrates Modern Colleagues