Critical Drinking

Have you ever hit that point in a game of pool where you drink just the right amount and everything just seems to go in?  You’re not overthinking your shots.  You move with fluidity.  You’re like Minnesota Fats mixed with Michael Jackson.   It’s a spectacular feeling but, unfortunately, one that tends to slip quickly into sloppy drunkeness where even hitting a ball with the cue stick would be an accomplishment.

Well, it’s possible you weren’t just imagining that feeling.  It turns out that drinking can be good for you.  But hey, you probably already knew that, didn’t you?  I sure do.  For a guy like me, even talking to girls was impossible.  A half of a forty of Mickey’s later and suddenly I’m Cyrano de Bergerac mixed with, uh, well, not Michael Jackson.  But you get the point.

The study also maybe justifies the much-maligned decision of several of last season’s Red Sox to drink in the clubhouse.  They weren’t being selfish, egomaniacal @ssholes.  They were merely “enhancing their problem solving skills” through oral application of a legal substance.  Let’s face it, although baseball players have significant physical skills, what separates the wheat from the chaff is the mental aspect.  If beer can fill that void, I say “drink up!”

-A

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