Health Expert: Santa Promotes Drunk Driving
This holiday season, if you're a bit tipsy and feel the need to get behind the wheel, blame it on Santa Claus. At least that's what Dr. Nathan Grills from Monash University in Australia argues.
Dr. Drills, aka Scrooge, says that Santa's image of gorging on brandy and cookies as he flies around the world delivering presents is not promoting a healthy lifestyle to young people.
Writing on the medical website bmj.com, Dr. Grills said: "Santa only needs to affect health by 0.1 per cent to damage millions of lives."
He claims that Santa's image is often used to hawk unhealthy foods like Coca-Cola. The tradition in some countries of leaving a brandy out for Santa on Christmas eve could also promote drunk driving.
And to top it all off, Santa's contagious. "If Santa sneezes or coughs around 10 times a day, all the children who sit on his lap may end up with swine flu as well as their Christmas present," Dr. Grills wrote.
And Merry Christmas to you Dr. Grills.
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