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Hospital opens wine bar for patients in France

French Hospital Opens Wine Bar For The Terminally Ill

​A hospital in central France is taking a non-traditional approach in an effort to make the final days of terminally ill patients a little better.

They plan to serve alcohol -- including wine, whisky and champagne -- to the sick and their loved ones.

The change comes at in the palliative care unit at the Clermont-Ferrand Hospital and it's meant for people with a serious illness.

"A spokesperson said the point of the program is to improve patient's quality of life in their final days," WTIC-TV reports.

Dr. Guastella, who came up with the idea, explained to The Local's French outlet, the goal is to give people a chance to relax. "It's because life is so precious and real until the end that we decided to cultivate all that is fine and good. It's a way of rethinking the care of others, taking into account their feelings and emotions that make them a human being."

It was once believed the resveratrol and antioxidants in red wine could be good for your health - especially the heart.

But recent studies have proven otherwise, reporting a glass of wine a day doesn't actually do much to minimize your chances of developing health problems. However, French doctors say that's not really the point of the new offering.

​Notably, the French and their wine have quite an extensive history - which make the hospital's change not all that surprising to some outlets.

The Telegraph calls the move, "an unprecedented but characteristically Gallic way to improve their quality of life."

According to Discovery, Gaul, now modern day France, began cultivating and consuming wine some 2,600 years ago - eventually becoming a staple in the culture.

Case in point: according to officials, all the alcohol the bar serves was donated by local residents. The experience will be supervised by specially trained hospital staff.

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julydoll10 August 04 2014 at 11:05 AM

How civilized.When my grandmother was dying I had to sneak an occasional wine to her at her nursing home. Those few glasses made her happy.

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Dan julydoll10 August 04 2014 at 11:21 AM

Right on! When someone's lifetime is limited at least let them enjoy their final days. Maybe let em smoke some weed too. ☺

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Kay julydoll10 August 04 2014 at 3:05 PM

I agree with you sneaking in a glass of wine for Granny. When my mother was so sick and almost dying, she craved a McDonald's cheese burger and a milk shake. She was NOT eating the hospital food so I brought her the cheese burger and shake. The nurses were furious until I said, "At this point, does it really matter?" They finally agreed that it was more important to get food into her than having her not eat or drink anything.

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caron August 04 2014 at 12:23 PM

They do this at Calvary Hospital in NY.

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bdgrizcp August 04 2014 at 10:58 AM

They could put me in charge of the program. A win-win.

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LL August 04 2014 at 3:09 PM

"Proverbs 30: "Give strong drink & wine to a sorrowful heart" !

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jacks_sam LL August 04 2014 at 5:07 PM

So that's why I'm always drunk.

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Kay August 04 2014 at 3:02 PM

Darn.....and it is in France! Well I have informed my family that if I need to go to the hospital they are to take me to this hospital in France! Yahooooooo!

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jacks_sam August 04 2014 at 5:03 PM

Good way to get people to visit dying family members. They should include cheese and crackers and those tiny hotdogs on a toothpick.

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