Newsdesk: aquae vitae

March 11, 2009

(The Alchemist from Chemical Heritage Foundation, licensed under Creative Commons.)

The discovery of distilled spirits was welcomed by the alchemists of Old Europe as the key to one of the great mysteries of their art: the elusive aqua vita, the water of life that would cure all ills. Hundreds of years later, these same spirits are often seen as the cause of many of society’s troubles. But every once in a while, they are credited with something good.

“A lot of research shows that people who drink moderately flat-out live longer than those who don’t,” Lloyd tells Page Six. “From the pre vention of the common cold to the pre- vention of the onset of Alzheimer’s to preventing certain types of cancer, regular drinking can be very beneficial.”

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