Get this bit I read in the Wall Street Journal. I think it's relevent since my last drinking binge I made the resolution to NOT drink anymore (something easier said that done). Drinking beer has always seemed to be a comradery, though I usually drink alone.
Beer: A pint-size problem
by Nancy Keates, Wall St Journal, 6/7-8/8 Sat/Sun §W3
Scientists may say that the alcohol in beer affect a person the same way that the alcohol in wine or spirits affect people. I think behavioral conduct differs between a persons drunk on beer compared to persons drunk on hard liquor. There seems to be a manly standard when confronted with a room full of beer drinkers as opposed to a room full of wine drinkers. Perhaps it's a bladder thing, which solves the mystery as to why women don't like beer. I wouldn't either if I had to constantly be thinking about the sanitary conditions of the restroom.
Apparently, beer lovers are noticing how some restaurants are short changing their customers by serving pints in smaller glasses that don't hold a full pint of 16oz. Rather, these entrepreneurs are selling their customers 14oz. beer at the price of a pint. What a rip-off! right? Well, there's a movement to correct this problem and attempts to regulate, by government enforcement if necessary, the size of pint glasses, but i'm not sure I want to participate in something like that. I'm not even comfortable drinking a beer by myself if the people around me are questionable. I'm very picky about people. Since getting myself into a scrape, which I'm sure happens to everybody, in which my face was pummeled like a punching bag over a girl, I hold much distrust over humanity, especially the brotherly kind. Although that's different from saying I hate everybody, I guess it is a thin line.
I'm not much of a chemist, but if I ever do decide to start drinking again, I'll find a way to measure my beer contents and if I feel I'm getting short changed, I'll start up a mug collection.