German health official: Bottle of beer sometimes more effective than psychotherapy Published: November 8, 2013

Mainz, GERMANY -- A German health official has sparked controversy by suggesting that a "bottle of warm beer" can sometimes be more effective than psychotherapy, reports NBC News.

Josef Hecken, chairman of the body which decides what treatments are offered by the country's statutory health system, was quoted as saying he believes a brew can heal mild "occasional problems" such as sleep disorders.

Hecken added that "a psychotherapist is not needed next to every citizen" and that sometimes a beer "is enough."

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