Any port in a storm

Well, not just any port, I suppose:

I sound like I’m coughing up a lung. I’ve probably got the swine.

So tonight I’m trying a new strategy: port wine.

I’ve had two glasses — so far — and it seems to be working. And if it doesn’t, well, who cares?

Probably less expensive than NyQuil, too.


  1. sya »

    4 December 2009 · 12:30 pm

    I guess it’s the equivalent of disinfecting a lab bench with 70% ethanol. Bleach works just as well on the lab bench, but I guess port wine is tastier.

  2. Jeff Brokaw »

    4 December 2009 · 1:44 pm

    I should have updated that post to say I felt MUCH better the next morning, after my little port experiment. I hardly coughed at all yesterday.

    So, I’m putting this one down in the “win” column. YMMV.

    Next: mulled wine experimentation. This, I expect to like.

  3. CGHill »

    4 December 2009 · 2:01 pm

    I should probably mull that over myself.

  4. Francis W. Porretto »

    4 December 2009 · 2:33 pm

    I recommend Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry, mixed 50%-50% with Minute Maid no-pulp orange juice. Three or four 16-ounce glasses of that, well chilled, will clear it right up.

    Clear what up, you ask? Does that really matter?

  5. fillyjonk »

    4 December 2009 · 3:58 pm

    Does alcohol actually inhibit viruses? My understanding is that they’re technically not alive, so they can’t be pickled away like bacteria can. Though maybe treating the symptoms of “the swine” is the best we can hope for.

    That said, as I am perforce teetotal (alcohol of any kind gives nearly instant and debilitating migraines), I’m grateful I was able to get the vaccine.

  6. McGehee »

    4 December 2009 · 8:50 pm

    A virus is basically a free-floating DNA fragment. Such a thing encountering alcohol might get somewhat disrupted.

  7. sya »

    5 December 2009 · 1:22 pm

    Alcohol does not kill all viruses. Only the ones with a lipid envelope (such as influenza and HIV).

    Also, not all viruses are DNA viruses. H1N1 and other influenza strains are in fact RNA viruses.

  8. CGHill »

    5 December 2009 · 1:49 pm

    You learn something here every day, and it’s seldom from anything I post.

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