I've read about the antiseptic qualities of hops in the past as well... obviously beer is a miracle beverage that should be served to people in medeval quantities instead of just reserved for good times!
Of course I also advocate the dry red wines to reduce the chances of heart problems and cancer in smokers, so drink up!
Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom? -Terry Pratchett