St. Patrick and the apocalypse: why you should be stocking up on Guinness
For those of us still recovering from yesterday’s festivities, the thought of consuming more alcohol – beer in particular – is enough to make you want to crawl back under the covers and bury your still-aching head. But don’t let the effects of an excessive celebration deter you from including beer in your survival plan. Read on to discover the benefits of consuming beer in moderation* and learn why you should be stocking up now.
Beer’s primary post-apocalypse benefit is very similar to its function in our current society as a social lubricant. Everyone loves the person who brings the keg to a house party, and there is no reason to suspect this will change in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. Conversely, it is more likely to be greatly appreciated by disorganized fellow survivors who failed to procure their own supply. In addition to building social bonds and relaxing after a hard day of surviving the elements, beer can also be useful as a post-apocalypse currency. A steady demand ensures that beer will retain its value, if not appreciating as it becomes more scare, allowing those with a sufficient stock to obtain other items they need. This topic will be discussed in further detail in future posts on the structure of the post-apocalypse society and economy.
The second reason to stock your survival pack with beer is the health benefits from consuming it in moderation (e.g. a consumption level of roughly a beer a day). In addition to raising levels of “good” cholesterol, beer also contains several nutrients that are critical for maintaining overall health. While it is easy to achieve a recommended daily intake of these nutrients in the pre-apocalypse world with supermarkets and daily multivitamins, the same cannot be said for the post-disaster scenario. Just as some monks used to drink beer to supplement their diet during Lent, you can use it to adjust to a post-apocalypse situation where food may be scarce.
Stouts, such as Guinness, have been found to be higher in antioxidant properties than other beers, such as lagers. Guinness also contains higher levels of vitamin B than other beers, as well as small quantities of iron, calcium, phosphates, and fiber. While it is a matter of personal preference, and you may want to stock up on several types of beer just for the variety-factor, Guinness deserves a place in the survival packs of all well-prepared survivors.
*This blog is not intended to give medical advice and should not be taken as such. The authors are not qualified medical professionals and strongly encourage you to seek the guidance of a doctor on all health issues.