“You can drink and drive. Just obey the law. Why, instead of demonizing wine, don’t the self-appointed moralizers say that among the main causes of road accidents are violations of the highway code, speeding, tiredness and distraction, often caused by cell phone use and smoking, along with overmedication? We remind those now pointing the finger at wineries that it’s above all hard drugs and liquor, sold even in supermarkets and the nightspots so quickly defended two years ago, that get people high and make them lose control”.
Thus spoke Farming. Food and Forestry Minister Luca Zaia on a visit to Pantelleria, where he discussed heroic viticulture and also returned to the issue of demonizing wine, so much debated lately. And on this subject the minister presented the press with his list of “Ten questions nobody is asking”.
“Even the World Health Organization”, the minister said, “reminds us that the causes of crashes are many and often connected. You can be prudent and virtuous but if the roads and road signs are inadequate, if you haven’t slept enough or are taking medicines that make you drowsy or inattentive, the risk increases exponentially”.
“For a healthy person, two glasses of wine with meals hardly means getting drunk. Why not teach people how to drink moderately, conscientiously, qualitatively, instead of keeping mum about the habit, very common among young people, of buying liquor in supermarkets where there’s no ID check or purchase limit, and drinking for the sake of drinking, often on an empty stomach, to get a quick high?”
And more: No one is talking about the increase in drugs like antidepressants, tranquillizers and antihistamines; or about the rise in cocaine use; or that people often drive for hours and hours, building up enormous mental and physical stress. Or that people talk on mobiles while driving, or get behind the wheel after a full day’s work or not having slept even an hour. Or about the fact that poor car maintenance and not using seat belts cause particularly serious accidents. Instead they prefer to blame wine as bogeyman. We, instead, want to tell the truth, to help construct and find again the culture of fine wine and food, which in Italy has such rich reserves and has been so honored by the international scientific community”.
Baldo M. Palermo [email protected] tel. 0039 0923 7242267
Laura Ellwanger [email protected] te. 0039 0923 724258