The Unrepentant Individual

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July 29, 2007


Light Cigarettes And Light Beer

I used to smoke. My friends when I started were all Marlboro Red smokers, so that’s what I started with. Over time I switched to Camel, and eventually Camel Lights. But I had heard that smoking lights wasn’t any less unhealthy than smoking regulars. The reason is that smokers, when they switch to lights, tend to take deeper and longer drags in order to compensate for the lighter “feel” of the cigarette.

I realized over the last few nights that the same thing occurs with light beer. Recently I did a poker night with a bunch of coworkers (I’ll have to post that story soon), and since I organize it, I’m always there to the end. We reached the end of the night and had a case and a half of beer left, so I managed to bring that home with me. It was a case of Coors Light, and half a case of Bud. These are two things that never see the inside of my fridge.

The Bud was actually better than I expected. It had a more full taste than most American macro beers I’ve had, and I’d seriously consider buying it sometimes instead of Miller Lite, my usual beer when I’m just looking for something cheap and drinkable. But the Coors Light, well, wasn’t full-bodied. I can take an average bottle of craft brew, and I find if I’m just having one in the evening I’ll gladly nurse it for an hour, taking my time. But the Coors Light was different. With such a light body and flavor, I find I’m taking bigger gulps more often. I can sit drinking a nice IPA for an hour, I might finish a Coors Light in 15 minutes and feel completely unsatisfied.

It seems just like light cigarettes. Light beer might have less calories and alcohol than regular beer, but if you drink more of them and drink them faster, you’re not doing yourself any good. Might as well get the real stuff and at least feel satisfied afterwards, right?

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:29 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || Trackback URL || Categories: Beer, Personal Life, Poker/Gambling, Ponderings

1 Comment

  1. As somebody who is still young enough that he doesn’t have to worry about the light beer vs real argument, I don’t really have a dog in this fight. I will say that I drink Coors Light faster then if I’m drinking my usual Becks or occasional Guinness.

    Of course, this is when I’m hanging out with the same guy who thinks nothing of demolishing a 750 of Gold Label Scotch with me in one night, so it might not be the best metric, as we tend to drink quite a bit regardless.

    Comment by Mike — July 31, 2007 @ 1:24 am

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