This story, arguably, belongs as a nomination for the igNobel awards and perhaps I will so nominate it. Anyway before we get there, it reminded me of a book I have recently read: John Ringo's Into The Looking Glass. In chapter 8 of said book the hero is drinking a lot of beer after having just been in a highly radioactive environment. His excuse is that this will help flush the radiation from the body. It turns out that John Ringo and/or his character didn't know the best of it.
According to this link discussing (I think) this paper:
[A] bunch of researchers from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, and the Tokyo University of Science, have found that beer is actually really good for you.
As well as enabling drinkers to unleash manly belches and develop attractive, proud beer-bellies, apparently the magical nectar helps reduce chromosomal damage from radiation exposure.
Researchers are hoping that the discovery will lead to a new radiation drug being developed, or at least a more party friendly atmosphere in the hospital wards.
Blood samples were taken from lucky test subjects before and after they had drunk about 630ml of beer. Apparently, when the samples were exposed to X-rays and other types of radiation, after the subjects had glugged the beer their samples showed at least 30% fewer aberrations in the blood cells.
I really hope Guinness is paricularly strong in the useful ingredient (beta-pseudouridine) because that would be one in the eye for all those people who denied that advertising slogan that "Guinness is good for you"