What got me thinking about writing the previous article, “Alcohol”, was a book in mygarrison’s library called, What I Eat. It’s a well done book that looks at what 80 people from around the world consume on an average day. Each person has a photo spread of them with their average day’s food in front of them. I noticed that several men drank a considerable amount of alcohol. One Inuit drinks 8, 12 oz. cans of beer a day and 2 pots of coffee. Another guy in his late 40s and in extremely good condition, drinks 4-6 cans of Coors Lite a night. Still another man, a sheep herder in Spain, drinks on average 5 cans of beer and two glasses of wine each day. The Inuit runs a jackhammer 12 hours a day, the Coors drinker owns his own carpentry company, and the herder walks through the fields all day, drinking beer the whole time; he brings 3 cans with him.
Not one of these “heavy” drinkers was even close to overweight. In fact, all the the people that looked obese in the book drank little or no alcohol. I know, anecdotal. But I just can’t get the picture of the obese fellow who drinks 4 cans of diet Pepsi a day, out of my mind.