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Will Gin-Soaked Raisins Make You Drunk?

Will Gin-Soaked Raisins Make You Drunk?

Q. What is the dose of gin for the gin-soaked raisins? I mean, after about six ounces of gin and half a pound of raisins I must admit I felt no more pain!

Just fooling. Can you tell me how much is recommended per day? I’d like some experiential knowledge from those who have obtained a positive result without getting soused.

A. Luckily, you do not have to get tipsy to benefit from gin-soaked raisins. The dose is nine a day. We had them analyzed, and there is approximately one drop of alcohol in that amount.

For more details, we are sending you our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis, with instructions on preparing the raisins and answers to frequently asked questions. We also discuss other approaches to easing joint pain, in case the raisins don’t work for you.

Here is what another reader reports: “I am a non-believer pretty much but what the heck! I got the raisins and the gin. (There sure are a lot of different kinds, flavors, and prices in gin. It did get expensive). Before I started I could only do one step at a time on stairs. One step, catch up with the other foot, take another step, catch up.. etc, always with pain.

“In ten days I could walk the steps almost normally, and today, 16 days into the raisins I can actually run up and down the stairs with no pain. (I am almost 80, so I do run slow!!) Also that first foot on the floor in the morning and crossing the room is often very painful… and that appears to be gone now. It all could be temporary; I am waiting for that to happen. We shall see.”

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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