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Tea with whiskey proves no good
The Guangzhou Consumers' Council called for a halt to the promotion of new combinations of mixed alcoholic drinks for health reasons.
Some nightclubs and entertainment venues had adopted a new way to promote whiskey by offering it with Chinese tea, the Guangzhou Daily reported.
By adding a certain amount of green tea to whiskey, the mixed drink tastes good, but a man surnamed Liang told the newspaper he had suffered stomach inflammation after trying the drink on more than 10 occasions.
Doctors at the No. 1 Affiliated Hospital to Zhongshan University said the drink could stimulate gastric membrane, causing gastric ulcer and gastritis.
"Green tea has a high caffeine content and can induce stomach diseases if it is added to alcohol," a doctor said.
A promotional girl said the tie-in service was to sell more whiskey, which was charged at 380 yuan (US$45.9) a bottle. Many customers loved the promotion and had bought more whiskey.
The consumers' council said bars should consider the health of their customers when launching such promotional campaigns.
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