Getting a bad case of beer muscles

By Justin Bostwick
October 9, 2008

Shannon Keough

Guys, you can deny it if you want, but at one point in your life you have probably been guilty of or at least heard the term “beer muscles.”

Anyone who has had a few too many on a night out knows that alcohol has the ability to make people act in a way they normally wouldn’t.

Beer muscles refer to those people who get a major ego boost when they get a little too much alcohol into their system. I’m not talking down to anyone. In fact, I’m guilty of this as well as many of you out there probably are.

Everyone can get a little headstrong from time to time, but it’s the booze that intensifies that testosteone stir-up in us guys. It’s really the easiest way to get yourself into some trouble, whether it’s a typical fistfight or some personal renovation. I know a handful of people who have had the experience of putting fists, feet, elbows and even heads through drywall.

I’m not the first person to say this, but guys are notorious for having some serious tempers and alcohol doesn’t help.

Don’t think I forgot about you ladies. Any guy who reads this, you’re welcome. Wait, girls can get beer muscles too?

The term doesn’t mean that when you drink a little bit you automatically become a Mike Tyson replica. It simply means that you think you gain a tougher exterior after drinking.

Maybe someone gets in your face after you’ve had a few drinks. You’d probably be less prone to push them if you were sober, but you’re not, so you do. Women are just as capable of acquiring beer muscles as guys are; it’s just not associated with them first. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to punch, slap or pull hair, but ladies, you can be vicious. Anyone who has drank a little over their limit has said some things they regret the next morning. I’m not being sexist here either. This pertains to both men and women.

All I’m saying is that beer muscles don’t just mean you think you’re PHYSICALY stronger than you really are.

A possible solution to avoid these infamous beer-muscle incidents: don’t go out and get obliterated on a night when something pissed you off earlier in the day that’s still crowding your mind. It’s only going to make matters worse.

`I’m sorry if I sound like mom or dad, but very few people I think are going to disagree with that advice.

Next time you’re at a party and a verbal or physical fight breaks out, don’t rule out beer muscles being the primary cause.

Despite its negative aspect, it can make for a rather entertaining scene. I’m not praising anyone for it. A bad case of beer muscles has potential to mean a tremendously embarrassing evening.

Just be careful of what you let happen when you drink a little more than you should.

Justin Bostwick

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