Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Days of the Beer, June 18

The beer for today is Bass.

Sorry people, but I'm an American, with all the bad stereotypes that go with it. When Americans think of British beer, there aren't really many that come to mind. Granted there's Fullers, Tetley's, Harverys, Harviestoun, Sam Smith and a crapload of others. But when pressed to come up with a beer... well, I thought of Bass.

So why is today's beer Bass?

On June 18, 1965, the English government passed a drink-drive limit.

The government has announced it will introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers.

Anyone found to be driving when over the set limit will be penalised in the hope it will deter drivers from drink driving and make roads safer.

I'm not too sure how the Brits enforced the law, as it wasn't until 1967 that they started using Breathalyzers.

Here's an interesting tidbit I just found on wiki.

Breathing pattern can also significantly affect breath test results. One study found that the BAC readings of subjects decreased 11 to 14% after running up one flight of stairs and 22–25% after doing so twice. Another study found a 15% decrease in BAC readings after vigorous exercise or hyperventilation. Hyperventilation for 20 seconds has been shown to lower the reading by approximately 32%. On the other hand, holding your breath for 30 seconds can increase the breath test result by about 28%
So, the next time you get pulled over, find 2 flights of stairs to run up, or just hyperventilate for 20 seconds.

And do so with a Bass.

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