« on: February 13, 2014, 06:38:33 PM »
I've been thinking about this topic a lot because it is one of the recent topics in Chemistry of Beer, a free online course at OU. One of the interesting things I learned is that binge drinking, which is defined as getting drunk, is more harmful in some ways to the drinker's brain than chronic alcoholism because the binge drinker does not develop tolerance mechanisms and because of rebound effects. Anyway my current strategy is to drink daily if I'm in the mood for a beer but to drink moderately.
As others have said, moderation is key. It would help if more pubs have a variety of serving sizes so I can taste more beers and drink less. I was at a winery in Napa that refused to make small pours. That does not help although I should have not finished the samples.
One thing I'm doing right now with high alcohol beers at home is to mix them with a low alcohol beer to get 12-16 oz of a beer that has the taste of a high alcohol beer without all the alcohol. I've been enjoying an Old Ale blended with a 70 shilling that tastes like an Old Ale.