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Old 02-03-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Right now I am taking a class that is about global health hazards. I am thinking about doing a paper and relating it to beer. Since boiling get rid of water bourne infectious diseases, and the pilgrims drinking beer for a source of water. Anyone have any ideas for material I can use for research?

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Old 02-03-2010, 05:41 PM   #2
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Beer is generally considered safe (in terms of microbes at least) but this is not simply due to the boiling. The pH, anti-bacterial properties of the hops, and ethanol concentration all contribute.

However, do you really want, in a class on Global Health Hazards to be promoting an alcoholic beverage as a cure for water borne diseases? The other health hazards that accompany beer probably do not make it the best solution for say giving to infants in third world countries.

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