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Can runners still drink beer?

Can runners still drink beer?

Dear Dave,
I’d been training to run my first half marathon, which went well by the way, and now I’m hooked on running. Which is great and all, but problem is that I can no longer drink like I used to... Sure, I’ve lost my gut and can now take the stairs at work without huffing and puffing, however, my mates all call me lightweight. What’s the solution?
Regards,
Steve
Hey Steve,
First you need to ask yourself, why are you drinking? Is it the enjoyment you derive from it or the buzz? Maybe it’s a bit of both? Now I love the taste of hops, it’s just what my palate calls for when I’m thirsty. I don’t know why, but that’s how I’ve been engineered. It's like the old German proverb goes, "It takes beer to make thirst worthwhile." The fact that beer makes me feel the way I ought to feel without beer, well that's just an added bonus... Still, you don’t want to pass out and have your friends draw rude things on your face in permanent marker. So here’s what you're going to do: Switch to a half-pint, eschew the bigger beers with higher alcohol contents and instead only drink sessionable variants. If your mates continue to mock you then maybe you should challenge them to a Beer Mile? You've got this, man!
Cheers,
Dave
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