Amid protests by women over the state’s new liquor policy, Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister K S Jawahar purportedly told a TV news channel that the government would promote beer as a healthy drink.
“Who said beer is not a health drink? I am ready to prove it’s a health drink,” he told the channel late Monday night. A video clip of his remarks has gone viral on social media.
The minister was not available for comment or clarifications.
But, he reportedly sent a WhatsApp message to the channel on Tuesday morning listing the “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’, said.
Excise department officials, however, pleaded ignorance about the move to promote beer as a health drink.
“If it’s 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.