Speed Drinking
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Speed drinking or competitive drinking is the drinking of a small or moderate quantity of beer in the shortest period of time, without an intention of getting heavily intoxicated. 

Steven Petrosino achieving the Guinness world record for speed drinking at the Gingerbreadman Pub in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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Speed drinking or competitive drinking is the drinking of a small or moderate quantity of beer in the shortest period of time, without an intention of getting heavily intoxicated. Unlike binge drinking, its focus is on competition or the establishment of a record. Speed drinkers typically drink a light beer, such as lager, and they allow it to warm and lose its carbonation to shorten the drinking time.
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Guinness World Records (1990 edition, p. 464) listed several records for speed drinking. Among these were:

  • Peter G. Dowdeswell (born July 29, 1940) of Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, England, drank 2 litres (3.5 imperial pints; about 66.7 U.S.fluid ounces) in 6 seconds on February 7, 1975.

  • Steven Petrosino (born November, 1951) of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA, drank 1 litre (33 U.S. fluid ounces) in 1.3 seconds on June 22, 1977, at the Gingerbread Man Pub in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

  • Neither of these records had been defeated when Guinness World Records banned all alcohol-related records from their book in 1991.

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke held a record for the fastest consumption of "a yard" of beer. He drank 2.5 pints (1.4 litres) in 12 seconds.
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Anti-hangover drinking
With the advent of a new subculture that prefers not to drink, there is another subculture that is quickly becoming mainstream that uses anti-hangover remedies such as Morning Fresh (Brand Name), Hair of the Dog, Kudzu, Oxygen Therapy and caffeinated drinks. These remedies are said to reduce the effects of a hangover, thereby allowing one to live a normal life following a heavy drinking session.
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See Also:
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References & Resources:
  • www.beerrecord.com
  • www.wikipedia.org
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