Well the Obvious answer here is YES! It is certainly possible to get inebriated by consuming too much beer in one sitting. That really isn’t my question, more my question is do you get drunk on beer? Personally I find it difficult to drink enough on beer, even big beers to feel intoxicated.
I’m thinking that there are several reasons for this:…
- Beer in general is a low alcohol substance. Even the big beers are typically lower in alcohol than wine, and really how much can one person drink?
- I tend to get very filled up on beer. Once I moderate my consumption based on my own internal capacity I tend to simply replace the alcohol that naturally leaves my body…like a pipe that has a certain flow capacity.
- I drink for flavor. This tends to limit consumption as well, because I like to savor the flavor as I drink, so this too slows me down.
- My palate limits me. We found this out at GABF this year. Jim and I both went to the Rare Beer Tasting and tried many great and very big beers. We both like big beers. That evening we went to the festival and found a few beers in that we could no longer taste beer correctly. We figured this out when I asked Jim to try a beer I like very much from a local Idaho brewery. He really couldn’t taste it, so I tried it too, same deal. I knew this was a lovely beer with a great flavor for an everyday drinker, but we couldn’t taste it properly. Our palate’s were fried. Once that happens, what’s the point…
So I want to be clear I have nothing against having a rip roarin’ good time and getting snot faced drunk. I’ve been known to do so myself from time to time, but not on beer. I just naturally moderate, and I find that gumminess the next morning is much harder to deal with from beer than other alcoholic beverages, so I tend to shy away from making myself stoopid with beer.
To be clear I am not saying that I don’t feel the effects of a few beers…I do, and I never advocate driving after drinking anything, but if I’m going to get more than a little buzzed, the hard stuff is involved.
How about you? Do you have a tolerance for beer that keeps you from getting silly, or do you let it all hang out from time to time? Let us know in the comments.