According a recent media report, a french hospital has decided to open a wine bar for its terminally-ill patients. The idea behind the concept is to make the patients who have been suffering for long feel lively, cheerful and spirited.Palliative Care Centre of Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital in Puy-de-Dome in Central France, will come up with a 'prescribed bar' that would offer 'medically supervised' wine tasting to patients, their friends and relatives. The hospital claims that this can serve to brighten up the otherwise difficult lives of the patients. The bar will be one of its first kind in France to have such a facility.Virginie Guastella, the head of the hospital unit who proposed the idea, says that the bar could help the patients and their loved ones to relax and converse. "A situation can be palliative for several weeks or even several months and it is because life is so precious and real until the end that we decided to cultivate all that is fine and good," Guastella told The Local. (More: Can chocolate and red wine cure cancer)Guastella, while quoting a study by socio-anthropologist Catherine Legrand Sebille, said that drinking and eating have a huge positive impact on patients lasting days. A variety of alcoholic drinks like fine wines, champagne and whisky would be on offer at the wine bar. The staff at the hospital unit will be specially trained to deal with the needs of the patients."It is a way of re-thinking the care of others, taking into account their feelings and emotions that make them a human being," Guastella added.A lot of research and various studies have also credited wine with a host of health benefits like smooth heart functions, sharp memory and lowering bad cholesterol. Red wine is a great source of a group of antioxidants called resveratrol which gives wine its healthy status. With inputs from IANS
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