At the risk of sounding like a square after-school special, let me say that binge drinking - or even drinking on an empty stomach - is pretty lame. For many, it's going to be a lesson learned from experience rather than by prevention - so you don't have to take my word for it. (By the way, don't ever drive or operate heavy machinery while intoxicated. Life lessons should be victim-less.) Here are a few pointers when enjoying this sort of food/drink:
1. Wine, whether inexpensive or pricey, is best paired carefully with good food;
2. Try to avoid most beer produced by large American corporations (beer commercials are for sheep);
3. High-quality liquor only, please.
While you're at it, eat dinner with whatever you're drinking. At the very least, think of the country or region of origin when complementing food with drink. If you're drinking anything of quality (and price), it would be hard to binge drink...unless you like to piss your money away easily. (If you are a big spender, please feel free to donate to DeRamos.org! Your donation is not tax-deductable.)
Because this is Food Friday, here's the last 30 Days episode hosted on Hulu (as of today). "Binge Drinking" is about a mother living her daughter's alcoholic lifestyle for a month:
Cheers, especially to the birthday leaplings! Drink responsibly, or don't drink at all, I guess...
Louis XIII box photo credit: Giardia.