Thursday, January 9, 2014

Why Alcohol Content may be Harming us from Behind

My opinion:  No doubt that more alcohol in beer could help producers increase sales.  However, many are concerned that this will make it easier to unwillingly become drunk.  Some even claim that a mere two beers with 21% alcohol can cause a person to exceed the legal limit of 0.08% BAC.  It would be interesting to see if anyone does a study on this in the near future, because right now I think it is difficult knowing if this is actually true.  If it is, though, they'll have to change the saying from "don't drink and drive" to "don't drink then drive."  I really would like to hear what you think about this, given the amount of drunk driving that already occurs in our country.  Please comment, if possible.

Beer-alcohol proposed increase to 21 percent in Ohio draws mixed reviews

You think these fellows on April 7, 1933, could have foreshadowed double-digit alcohol percentage in beer? A proposal aims to hike the percentage in Ohio from a maximum of 12 percent to 21 percent. (Associated Press)

Craft-brewing proponents in Ohio are giving mixed reviews to Rep. Dan Ramos' proposal to raise the alcohol limit on beer made and sold in Ohio to 21 percent.
"Do I think it would be good for the state of Ohio? Yes, because we're (mostly) surrounded by states with no limits," Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.'s John Najeway told The Plain Dealer. There are some specialty brews that "beer geeks and fans are missing out on. I think a lot of Ohio breweries are vying to make bigger beers."
Ramos (D-Lorain) reintroduced the bi-partisan supported proposal this week.
Akron brewer Najeway said the current 12 percent limit "hasn't hindered us. But it would be nice to have the ability" to make higher-alcohol beers, depending on the style being brewed.
"Obviously there's a bunch we make that you can push the limit on – barleywines and bourbon-barrel beers. You have to work to keep them down (in alcohol)."


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