Bill Marler is a lawyer specializing in food-poisoning cases, but he’s an advocate for us all when it comes to food safety. Apparently I’m not the only one that thinks highly about his food-crusades:

Many people–including me–think Bill Marler is a modern-day superhero for his tireless work fighting Foodie crimes of poisonings…
Haphazard Gourmet Girls – What’s Bill Marler Eating During The Chowpocalypse?

After reading Marler’s interview snippets, I read the entire interview at Haphazard Gourmet Girls, and it was fascinating to read how passionate he is about food safety. Marler mentioned drinking alcohol quite a few times in the snipped quotes, but it made more sense in the HGG post, because drinking alcohol can decrease, or even prevent food poisoning.

“Mr. Marler cites a food poisoning outbreak with oysters, in which those who had drunk liquor while eating their oysters didn’t get ill with a norovirus, but those who hadn’t imbibed, did.”

I didn’t know about alcohol and food poisoning, and was able to find a few articles about it:

Red wine can ‘prevent food poisoning and stomach ulcers’ – Daily Mail UK

The Claim: Drinking Alcohol With a Meal Prevents Food Poisoning – NYT

Food Poisoning & Drinking Alcohol by David J. Hanson, Ph. D.

We’ve been drinking red wine for the resveratrol, which supposedly boosts the immune system; and because red wine lowers alanine aminotransferase (ALT), which seems to decrease the chances of fatty liver, and I’m guessing possibly even heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Now there’s another reason to drink red wine with dinner: Preventing or decreasing food poisoning. Our single glass might not be as effective for preventing food poisoning as preventing fatty liver, heart disease, and boosting the immune system. But I get pretty buzzed just from the one glass, so I’ll still have to depend on my food safety practices, and avoid whichever foods are poison du jour thanks to our incapable food czars.