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July 12, 2008

Important New Study

Your federal tax dollars at work, sheeple:

A new study suggests that even moderate drinkers who turn abstinent may develop depression. Researchers found that mice who drank alcohol voluntarily for 28 days exhibited depression-like behavior 2 weeks after they stopped imbibing.

The negative mood was linked to a reduction in neuron production in the brain, which can also cause diminished cognitive abilities.

So it's official: beer makes us happy. The Mice have spoken.

What the Editorial Staff want to know is, who in the helk thinks up these studies? And more importantly, why are we not included?

Via Men's Health, which has more on happiness. We tend to agree: happiness, like love, is a decision.

Posted by Cassandra at July 12, 2008 11:13 AM

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...mice who drank alcohol voluntarily for 28 days exhibited depression-like behavior 2 weeks after they stopped imbibing.

Two weeks is an awfully long time to wait for beer-deprivation depression to kick in -- mine started immediately after I got over here...

Posted by: BillT at July 12, 2008 01:05 PM

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.

Posted by: Pile On at July 12, 2008 03:03 PM

Only if you're a mouse :p

Posted by: Ve Haf Vays... at July 12, 2008 03:13 PM

Seriously, I've been going through withdrawal symptoms. I didn't drink much the year the Unit was gone unless I was out with other people.

When he got back I loosened up, which was OK, but I have put on a few pounds. That is OK - I had lost too much weight and Carrie was teasing me about being too skinny :p So I am OK with where I am now - my clothes still fit.

My husband came back from Baghdad looking like some kind of refugee too. The boys were worried about him. He has filled out now and looks a helluva lot better. Kinda pitiful :p

But we don't want to start losing our girlish figures so we decided to cut back during the week.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 12, 2008 03:20 PM

If you and the SA imbibe the same libations, the calories neutralize each other.

Bet'cha didn't know that, did'ja?

Posted by: BillT at July 12, 2008 03:30 PM

Re:The Men's Health article...

But maybe it's not about big things, after all.


Duh.

Posted by: Kermitthefrog at July 12, 2008 03:47 PM

Don't tempt me, Billmon :p

Posted by: Cassandra at July 12, 2008 03:53 PM

Already tried that in the post due south of this one, cher

*whap* Owwww!

Posted by: BillT at July 12, 2008 04:02 PM

*snort*

Posted by: Cassandra at July 12, 2008 04:04 PM

Was that really a *whap* I heard or zee auto-rotation of a blue mini? [|8-\

BTW, does anyone really know what time it ees?
Does anyone really care?

Of course, eets beer-zirty!

Posted by: Jean-Paul Sartre at July 12, 2008 06:19 PM

Just wait until you try to kick caffeine.

Posted by: spd rdr at July 12, 2008 08:48 PM

My solution to caffeine is to use it only when I need alertness at night. And in the day, I dilute it with my own mix and use only like 50-100 specks of that freeze dried stuff.

This ensures that when I don't use it anymore, I take less time to get back up to normal tolerance levels, and I don't need much more to increase the effects latter on.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 13, 2008 12:22 AM

Just wait until you try to kick caffeine.


Get pregnant. Best way to kick caffeine. For me, at least. Once I did, (kick caffeine) and after giving birth, the kick that I got from a single Coke (don't drink coffee) was impressive!

I doubt the *whap* was that of an auto-rotating blue mini. They don't really auto-rotate well. The red mini might but only if it has a rotor on it...

Posted by: Kermitthefrog at July 13, 2008 01:01 AM

Get pregnant. Best way to kick caffeine.

Oooooh, mind if I use that line in the DFAC on the chick who's built like an MRAP?

Posted by: BillT at July 13, 2008 01:37 AM

George Will recently had a column about how people who drank beer during the middle ages were better able to survive plagues by avoiding diseases spread by dirty water. Dieing of cirrosis in your forties is better than dieing of disentary in your twenties. This allowed Europe to survive the plague.

Therefore, drinking beer is our duty to future generations.

Posted by: Schnauzer at July 13, 2008 10:42 AM

You're welcome to use anything you want, Whirly-Bird Man. But do so at your own risk.

Posted by: HomefrontSix at July 13, 2008 10:46 AM

But do so at your own risk.

Hah. That from someone who takes multiple road trips with kids whose *combined* ages don't hit double digits.

Oooop -- forgot MacGyver went along, too.

My bad. They *did* hit double digits...

Posted by: BillT at July 13, 2008 11:53 AM

"Before Noah, men having only water to drink, could not find the truth. Accordingly...they became abominably wicked, and they were justly exterminated by the water they loved to drink. This good man, Noah, having seen that all his contemporaries had perished by this unpleasant drink, took a dislike to it; and God, to relieve his dryness, created the vine and revealed to him the art of making le vin. By the aid of this liquid he unveiled more and more truth."
and
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
- Benjamin Franklin

Only reinforces my belief that I would have greatly enjoyed Ben's company... and on occasion, W.C. Fields too, come to think of it... =8^}

Posted by: bthun at July 13, 2008 01:00 PM

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

- Benjamin Franklin

"Near-beer is proof that the Devil hates my guts."

- BillT

Posted by: BillT at July 13, 2008 02:14 PM

MacGyver was only along for 800 miles of it. We topped 3,000 today and we still have 9 days to go.

Posted by: HomefrontSix at July 14, 2008 12:48 AM

Oh, and Bill? I got your blue mini...right HERE. Saw it today and immediately thought of you.


0;~P

Posted by: HomefrontSix at July 14, 2008 01:10 AM

Awwww, it's *cute*, but my legs are too long for *that* kind of mini...


Posted by: BillT at July 14, 2008 02:01 AM

Sheer off the body, wrap it around, weld it, and you got your skirt. Armored skirt maybe.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 14, 2008 03:08 AM

Weld it? I could *fold* it...

Posted by: BillT at July 14, 2008 04:04 AM

Oh, come on! I know Marines like to brag about their abilities but folding that into a skirt? That's a bit of teh ghey, no?

And anybody wanting to kick caffeine? Especially if male and hence cannot get preggers, Thomas Whatshername notwithstanding? Try Kratin Daeng instead. Double the power, half the addictive effects! (actually none of the addictive side effects)

PS Krating Daeng is the original swag from Thailand. Do Not Drink If You Wish To Sleep Anytime During The Next 24 Hours. Well, you could, but you'd wake up at the drop of a pin.*

*Hopefully, the pin holding your SO's blue mini together ;)

PPS Each subsequent drink of Krating Daeng provides half the boosting power of the previous one.

PPPS Which means by next week, you'll be drinking it like it was the usual weak Red Bull crap the rest of the world gets.

Beer. Anchor Strong. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: Gregory at July 14, 2008 05:06 AM

I know Marines like to brag about their abilities...

1. I'm not a Marine.

2. If you can do it, it ain't bragging.

If I *couldn't* take a chunk of the stuff they pass off as sheet metal these days and fold it like a sheet of cardstock, I'd be worried...

Posted by: BillT at July 14, 2008 07:10 AM

PS Krating Daeng is the original swag from Thailand.

I wonder if that is the same as the commercial ACAI product/powder I use.

A few puffs of this ACAI energy thingie into a cap, add some water, and presto! Instant fruit punch that will keep me awake without that "preternatural focus" which comes when you drink coffee late at night in large doses.

Then again, I have a high metabolism, so coffee can't easily addict me unless I already have built up a huge tolerance to it, and I never plan to.

Why do you need more coffee if that is only going to make the effects less potent?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 15, 2008 04:43 PM

If I *couldn't* take a chunk of the stuff they pass off as sheet metal these days and fold it like a sheet of cardstock, I'd be worried...

Still, I think it would preferable to weld it so you don't have to hold it up and together all the time, Bill.

That's a bit of teh ghey, no?

The deep dark truth is near, beware, beware!

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 15, 2008 04:44 PM

Still, I think it would preferable to weld it so you don't have to hold it up and together all the time...

Actually, I hadn't even planned on going *that* far with it...

Posted by: BillT at July 15, 2008 06:43 PM

Krating Daeng (Thailand) and Red Bull Enterprises (Germany) have a profit-sharing deal; Krating Daeng gets the Southeast Asia market, Red Bull gets everywhere else.

But due to regulations and stuff, Krating Daeng has additional ingredients that Red Bull doesn't. I don't know this for a fact, mind you, but having drunk both, the Thai stuff does seem a whole lot more potent.

BillT: My apologies. Truly. My mistake.

Friends? :)

Posted by: Gregory at July 15, 2008 09:15 PM

How did they know that the mice were drinking voluntarily? I mean, did they have 3 choices, beer, water and apple and green pepper made in the juicer, and they chose beer? And what of peer pressure -- did the mice drink from common watering holes? I'd bet the "cool" mice made fun of the other mice until they drank the beer "voluntarily." And who wouldn't be depressed after the beer was gone. Now that they had no means of proving that they were cool, the nerdy mice were mocked relentlessly by the cool mice.

Some study indeed.

Posted by: KJ at July 15, 2008 10:05 PM

Friends?

Sure, as long as you tell us how you manage to get any work accomplished with all that perambulating pulchritude in your office...

Posted by: BillT at July 16, 2008 06:34 AM

Dear BillT;

Quite simple, really - I don't. My work is sandwiched in between the time I read (and comment on) the blogs, as well as ogling the women, going for toilet breaks... and it helps that I don't consider it work, most of the time. :)

But for a more serious answer? It helps to unblock the pipes at night and in the morning. And cold showers.

Ooh, ooh, did I mention a Vietnamese girl has joined my team? Sitting right opposite me and married, sigh, but let me see if I can get a pic. Smoking! Or at least I think so. I've always had a thing for girls with glasses, and the ponytail...

Double sigh. I still think of myself as a horny teenager. Even though I'm a decade past those salad days. Am I the only one stuck in this particular time warp?

The office environment does not help at all. Maybe it's just here, but while men have an unvarying dress code (dress shirt, trousers, noose/tie), women do not. And oh boy, skirts that go well above the knee... and let's not forget the going night clubbing, and the drink till we're sloshed, it's almost like working at Google.

Posted by: Gregory at July 16, 2008 09:43 PM

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