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By Amanda Lees
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POLL of the DAY (150) : THE RIGHT TO HAVE FUN?

A new bar serving fine wines, champagne and whisky has opened recently in France. What makes this bar slightly different is thatit is in a hospital.

'The bar will be in the palliative care centre at Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital in Puy-de-Dôme, central France, which offers comfort for people with chronic and terminal illnesses.' www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/french-hospital-to-open-wine-bar...

As a way to inject some fun into people's lives, Dr Virginie Guastella from the hospital hopes the idea will catch on elsewhere as 'it’s a way of rethinking the care of others, taking into account their feelings and emotions that make them a human being.”

'Acknowledging French people’s traditionally “hedonistic” relationship with food and wine, she said there was no need to enforce a ban on the joys of life, especially when it could be reaching its end.'

'It is widely believed that the occasional glass of red has health benefits but recent research has contradicted the popular wisdom, indicating that even the smallest amount of alcohol can be damaging.'

Alcohol plays a complex role in Western society. While many claim it has health and social benefits, our hospitals are brimming with those affected by its misuse.

Should alcohol be served in a hospital environment? A mixed message or worth a shot?

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It is proposed that a bar should be available in palliative care units for patients and their families
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