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Beer helps you learn subconsciously. Among those things is that you learn is that beer is awesome.

June 17, 2011 By: grant Category: Beer in the news, Beer learnin'

beer and scienceA new study from my new neurobiologist hero Hitoshi Morikawa concludes that alcohol consumption triggers a kind of subconscious learning, different than say,

Whoa! Hold on there SCIENCE! I thought beer made me forget stuff, like my credit card at the bar or where I put my shoes or where am I?

When we drink alcohol (or shoot up heroin, or snort cocaine, or take methamphetamines), our subconscious is learning to consume more. But it doesn’t stop there. We become more receptive to forming subsconscious memories and habits with respect to food, music, even people and social situations … Among the things we learn is that drinking alcohol is rewarding. We also learn that going to the bar, chatting with friends, eating certain foods and listening to certain kinds of music are rewarding. The more often we do these things while drinking, and the more dopamine that gets released, the more “potentiated” the various synapses become and the more we crave the set of experiences and associations that orbit around the alcohol use.

Coconut water will save your ass from a hangover

September 23, 2010 By: grant Category: Beer learnin'

Coconut will save you from your hangoverThere’s not exactly a silver bullet to blast into the heart of your hangover. I’m a fan of B12 as a preventative measure, along with a glass of water before bed, and maybe some VitaminWater in the morning after an ice-cold Mountain Dew. But that’s just me.

Time Magazine has a better idea: coconut water. Say whaaat?

10 years ago, when the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was granted a patent — the first ever given to a U.N. agency — for bottling coconut water in a way that preserves its nutrients, an FAO official noted that the drink contains the same five electrolytes found in human blood (Gatorade has only two). He called coconut water “the fluid of life.” Indeed, in medical emergencies, coconut water has been used intravenously when conventional hydration fluids were not available. [source]

Well that sounds awesome. How have I not heard of this before? Adding it to the grocery list pronto.