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Guinness Gives You Wood

I tend to get a reasonable amount of site traffic every time I mention Guinness, but I was surprised to see that someone found my blog the other day with the search terms, “Does the beer Guinness give you a hard erection?

 The simple answer to the question is of course, “Woah there, settle down fella!  We all like our beer but that’s taking it a bit too far.”

It’s a fairly interesting point though, as myths about the miraculous qualities of Guinness persist despite all evidence to the contrary.  It seems that some pregnant women still take to drinking Guinness (and some mid-wives even continue to recommend it) as it’s supposedly high in iron.  In fact it only contains 1.1mg of iron per pint, so even a non-pregnant woman would need to drink 14 pints to get her RDA of iron, which would also give her 2,786 calories.  No need to eat at all, eh?

Guinness is a pretty filling beer but not unusually high in calories… for beer.  In fact if you go to the Guinness website you can find the table below, which in an attempt to refute this perception puts it at 199 calories a pint, which is at least considerably less than Stella at 245 calories a pint.  But then Stella has a higher ABV and if you’re counting calories when you drink beer, you may as well give up and go on to the gin and slimline tonics, because you’ll be depressed anyway.

Apparently Guinness is regarded as an aphrodisiac in some parts of Africa, the Far East and the Carribean, sometimes with a raw egg in it.  However one site that suggests stout with raw eggs as a way that a “50 year old man can make love like a 20 year old” also suggests that the unfortunate gentleman tape a magnet to his “sacred chakra”.  It goes on:

“If you place the magnet overnight, you may get a morning erection the following day. This shows that blood circulation has indeed occurred in your body.”
 
The fact that you wake up the next day at all shows that “blood circulation has indeed occurred”.  If you have no circulation, a lacklustre morning glory is probably the least of your worries.  On the bright side, there’s always rigor mortis to look forward to.
 
 
Beer with a raw egg in it is a traditional hangover cure or setup for a hard day, as viewers of season 2 of The Wire will be aware.  Eggs, like oysters, are high in zinc which helps produce testosterone, so it’s not a bad call.  Perhaps the deflated search engine user might want to try Guinness and oysters to help him keep up appearances.
 
Alternatively, he could always try the BrewDog beer brewed with “herbal viagra”, whatever that is.  However I reckon he’d be better off getting out the fridge magnets and the masking tape.
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  1. May 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm | #1

    My mums slightly anaemic (i.e. low in iron) and when she was in hsopital a few years ago for something minor she was allowed to drink a bottle of guinness by reccomendation of the Doctors.

    My Dad used to take her a bottle in every day over the few days she was there!

  2. May 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm | #2

    Interesting: I imagine it shouldn’t do her any harm at all, but I hope she was getting iron supplements and an iron-rich diet as well. I wonder if you could swing it to get beer on prescription?

    • May 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm | #3

      Oh yeah she got put on Iron supplements and all that but I just thought it was funny that the Doctor was fine with her drinking Guinness, imagine if she was sat there drinking a can of Stella, doub tthyed be so happy!

  3. May 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm | #4

    I did a silly post about something similar here, but i do too receive the oddest search related hit, but having a title of ‘Blood Stout and Tears” i have only myself to blame really.
    As a nurse, you would never see a doctor prescribe guinness for aneamia, there’s more iron in one egg than a pint!

  4. June 5, 2012 at 11:54 am | #5

    When I was a newborn my mother’s GP told her to drink a bottle a day to keep her vitamins and iron levels up whilst breast-feeding. This’d probably fly in the face of every medical opinion going nowadays, but at least I’ve had a taste for a good stout ever since.

  5. Carl Durose
    June 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm | #6

    There was a documentary a few years ago about how Guinness is still advertised a health cure all ills product in certain countries in Africa. Feeling, cold, depressed etc, grab a Guinness you’ll feel alright again. Much cheaper than drugs, and Guinness Nigerian Export is much nicer than the shit we’re given in the UK.

  6. jo jo
    July 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm | #7

    I gave my 60+old uncle two bottles of stout and he said it made his manhood rise;he said he was having problems so i went to my west indian friends and they said guiness warm will really make your soldier salute! good luck.

  1. August 31, 2012 at 5:00 am | #1

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