September 7, 2015

Answering the important questions

Filed under: Alcohol — acagle @ 6:35 am

How Long Can You Survive on Beer Alone?

How long could a man survive on beer and water?

Not more than a few months, probably. That’s when the worst effects of scurvy and protein deficiency would kick in. (Liver disease is a serious risk of chronic alcohol use, but it takes longer to arrive.) If you kept to a strict beer diet—and swore off plain water altogether—you’d likely die of dehydration in a matter of days or weeks, depending on the strength and volume of beer consumed. There’s plenty of water in beer, of course, but the alcohol’s diuretic effect makes it a net negative in terms of hydration under most conditions.

Beer is a very good food product but it’s not a cure-all. Principally it’s a good source of safe calories. Remember, however, that what we think of as beer and what really pre-industrialist people drank as beer are very different things. Staple beer was much more gruel-like and lower in alcohol than today’s recreational brews so you wouldn’t have had the dehydration problems to that extent.

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