Confused: Hospital Serving Alcohol

By: Mary Odell / July 22, 2013

Okay, now I’m really not sure if alcohol is good for me or bad for me. According to Daily Mail, The North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke, England, has applied for an alcohol license serve wine and beer to patients in a private wing. A nurse will literally bring you a beer as you lay sickly in your hospital bed.

Both wine and beer would be made available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Both patients and visitors would be able to consume alcohol, and NHS has made it clear that drinking more than is healthy will not be encouraged.

Naturally, there are plenty who are critical of a hospital serving alcohol. It sends a lot of mixed messages to people about the health consequences of alcohol consumption if a hospital serves it to its patients. The hospital has assured such critics that alcohol will only be served to patients if it is medically safe and appropriate, but serving alcohol certainly makes NHS seem more like a business trying to make a profit than a hospital trying to improve the health of its patients.[Daily Mail]

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