Whenever a heatwave envelopes crowded metropolitan areas, rural areas and probably other planets, a cold beer is often the most preferred drink among those old enough to consume alcoholic beverages. This makes one wonder if it is really true that beer is now more popular than water. Let’s look at some facts.
Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages. Historians have written that beer was instrumental in helping to build civilizations! That may explain a lot about the way things have panned out in the world today but I’m not complaining, just pass me another beer please.
Water is obviously older than beer and is also the main ingredient in beer yet separately they don’t taste anything alike. Water is also necessary for life on earth so it may be a little more important than beer but we’ll just have to make sure because there’s a lot of talk that beer may be more popular than water.
According to Wikipedia;
A study published in the Neuropsychopharmacology journal in 2013 revealed the finding that the flavour of beer alone could provoke dopamine activity in the brain of the male participants, who wanted to drink more as a result. The 49 men in the study were subject to positron emission tomography scans, while a computer-controlled device sprayed minute amounts of beer, water and a sports drink onto their tongues. Compared with the taste of the sports drink, the taste of beer significantly increased the participants desire to drink. Test results indicated that the flavour of the beer triggered a dopamine release, even though alcohol content in the spray was insufficient for the purpose of becoming intoxicated.
These observations should lead one to believe the draw of beer is more about taste and thirst quenching purposes more so than a filling way to get your buzz on. I can say from experience, beer tastes great but beer is more filling than a dirty martini, my choice for “getting my buzz on”. I drink beer daily. I may have a martini once a month depending on the social events of the month. I also drink water (by itself) daily.
Water is a natural chemical compound (H2O). Yet due to current conditions on earth water may soon be considered a “prepared drink” just as beer is considered a prepared drink because some type of preparation has to be done before you can safely consume it – a sign of the times.
Brewing is the terminology and process for making beer. The purpose of brewing is to convert the starch source into a sugary liquid called wort and to convert the wort into the alcoholic beverage known as beer in a fermentation process effected by yeast. Hops are added during boiling as a source of bitterness, flavor and aroma which confirms that beer is way more about taste than it is about alcoholic content.
When the temperature outside is sweltering and you reach for something cold to drink from your fridge or ice chest, think about this; although beer is mainly made of water, the alcoholic content can dehydrate you whereas, cold water will hydrate you. To maintain balance you may want to consider “chasing” every beer with a glass of water. Of course this will result in lots of peeing but for me – its worth it!
BTW, beer will never be more popular than water because it is water too!
Written by Glenn Clarke op-ed