Beer is good, but so is milk, and PETA's claims are inaccurate and deceptive.

  1. Whole milk is 3% fat or more, depending on the cow. However, most people buy milk which has had some or all of the fat removed. Skim milk has almost no fat.
  2. Again, whole milk has 20mg of cholesterol per serving. Skim milk has around 5mg of cholesterol. Both of these are rather small amounts.
  3. rBGH is not present in the milk of cows treated with it. At present, no test can discern between milk from rBGH-treated cows and that from cows who have not been treated. If you are concerned, though, look for organic milk, cheese, and milk products.
  4. Half a gram of dietary fiber is damn little, considering that you should be getting around 25 grams daily. Stick to whole fruits and grains for fiber.
  5. Milk, even skim milk, does contain 125mg of sodium per serving. That really isn't very much, given that 2000mg is considered a healthy daily intake of sodium. Ramen and McDonald's food are "sky-high" in sodium; milk is not.
  6. "Complex carbohydrate" is a technical term for starch. 3g of starch is 12 calories' worth -- a minuscule amount. Incidentally, the fermentation of beer involves a conversion of starch to sugar, and thence to alcohol.

In addition, milk contains a large quantity of calcium, and is usually fortified with vitamins. Calcium -- which you can also get from eating dark-green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli -- is necessary for healthy bones and teeth. Beer contains no calcium, and not much in the way of vitamins. Indeed, the metabolism of alcohol depletes certain vitamins, particularly B vitamins; this is one of the factors in hangover.