This is a thing I noticed at the Montreal Beer Festival recently, which seems to fall in line with several things that I have noticed this year so far, since starting the drinking challenge. Here are a few hastily written notes…
- Sens du goût plus développé/A better developed palette
By tasting and trying to rate each beer rather than sinking them asafp, I’ve learned quite a bit about what different types of beer should taste like. I’ve also figured out that my own particular preference lies in darker beers, which I think may be linked to getting older but I’ve no proof of that other than my own drinking history.
- Plus de plaisir à déguster/A more pleasurable tasting experience
Pretty much as above, drinking for the taste rather than the effect has made me appreciate not just the beer but the social aspect a lot more. At the risk of sounding philosophical, the emphasis is on discovery rather than getting drunk and hoping for the best.
- Pas de gueule de bois/No hangovers
This is the best thing I’ve noticed – a better tolerance to the effects of beer by drinking one or two (or three or four) regularly rather than getting smashed at the weekend on seven or eight beers.
- Sommeil plus réparateur/More restful sleep
Sleeping after drinking was never easy. A few hours here and there, getting up for a drink of water or chocolate milk for some reason and odd dreams which may have been real or not. After a lot of beer before it would take me 24 hours to recover properly, the night after being a proper recovery sleep. This is no longer necessary, as I don’t get that drunk anymore sleeping to recover is easier.
- Plus d’énergie, meilleure forme, meilleur contrôle du poids/More energy, better form, better weight control
I noticed in March that with consistent but not excessive alcohol intake comes great responsibility. It’s very easy to put on weight and it has become a priority to eat somewhat more healthily and do more exercise. With consistent but not excessive beers, it’s easier to find a balance between the things that are good for you and the things that are bad.
- Changer de conducteur désigné/A change of designated driver
I don’t really care about this as the public transport in Montreal is pretty good! I would simply add that I have had to walk home at 3 or 4am a lot less this year so far (only once I think, but that wasn’t beer’s fault – damn shots).