« on: February 13, 2014, 10:16:58 AM »
I thinks it's a pretty good article from an insiders point of view. I know that I used to be headed down the path to serious alcoholism, a long standing family tradition. But I quit brewing strong beers, now I only open those 750's of barrel aged imperial stouts when there's someone to split it with. I use my rule of 16's: 2 beers at 8%, 3 at 5.5 or a 10% and a 6%(see the pattern?). This lets me enjoy whatever beers I want but at a reasonable level. Since this is my rule and not court imposed, I can ignore it for special occasions, but for the most part it works just fine.
I have a severely alcoholic brother, he's lived with family members for the past 2 years because he is drunk by breakfast and can't hold a job, wife, apartment, etc. He had a wreck back in December that killed our mother, but he's such a professional drunk he was not even tested for sobriety at the crash scene. That allows him to be guiltless, but we all know the truth, there's no way a sober person could have possibly had that wreck. Anyway, that has also caused me to cut my drinking even more, which sucks because I love brewing so much and the bee is starting to pile up. I do 95% of my drinking at home so drunk driving hasn't been an issue for me for many years, but still I think of my brother and the joy of beer fades. BTW he drinks Busch Classic 16 oz. cans, hidden like Easter eggs in my Dad's lower yard.