San Diego Trip Giveaway Leaderboard
Philly Wine Week 2015

Why Sherlock Holmes' Sobriety Scheme Won't Work

by The Drink Nation on Jan 8, 2014 in Culture

By keeping close track of exactly how much alcohol you consume in a given period of time, is it possible to ride that fine line between mild intoxication — or slightly buzzed, if you prefer — and all out sloppy drunkenness?

It’s an interesting concept that served as a well played subplot in the most recent episode of the hit BBC program Sherlock, “The Sign of Three.”

For those who haven’t seen it yet, here’s a quick recap.

Ahead of sidekick Watson’s wedding day, Sherlock Holmes takes him out for a stag party (that’s a bachelor party for us Yanks). Prior to stepping out for the evening, he asks pathology lab assistant Molly Hooper to calculate both his and Watson’s ideal alcohol intake to, as he put it, “remain in the sweet spot,” adding that “light headed is good."

From there Holmes and Watson begin hitting bars, drinking only a prescribed 437 milliliters of beer at a time from graduated cylinders. To further avoid inebriation, they factor in things like the time between drinks, and the number of trips to the loo.

Without giving away too much, this effort to avoid getting stinking drunk is ultimately foiled. You’ll have to watch it to find out why.

But in theory, carefully measured beer consumption, as Holmes envisioned, could conceivably keep you relatively sober in a marathon session, like a bachelor party. However, our informal polling of medical and scientific professionals has determined that it’s way more complicated than what was depicted in that Sherlock episode.

First off, it would require multiple experiments on each individual drinking, and meticulously accurate measurements over time to gather enough useful data that could be compared to known metabolic standards to get a close approximation of a person’s ability to metabolize alcohol.

And even then, a straight measure of alcohol intake on it’s own just won’t produce reliable information. There are countless other variables — everything from height and weight to how much and how long ago food was consumed — that would have to be taken into consideration.

Nonetheless, we still think drinking beer out of graduated cylinders looks pretty cool, and would love to see the trend take off.

Recent Articles
spacer
Punch Media PR

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
What to Drink for the Mad Men Final Season Premiere

What to Drink for the Mad Men Final Season Premiere

Here are a few of the era's signature drinks to stir or shake up for the premiere of the show's final episodes, airing April 5 on AMC....read more ›

by Emily Lee Mar 31, 2015
Ommegang to Release Next Game of Thrones Beer, Three Eyed Raven, for Season Five Premiere

Ommegang to Release Next Game of Thrones Beer, Three Eyed Raven, for Season Five Premiere

The Three Eyed Raven goes on sale April 6, and is Ommegang’s first ever notable stab at black saison....read more ›

by Talia Aroshas Mar 31, 2015
SPONSORED
Bye Bye Liver Rectangle
Diageo To Add Nutrition Labels to Products

Diageo To Add Nutrition Labels to Products

It looks like multinational alcoholic beverages company Diageo PLC has taken a leaf out of the food industry's book....read more ›

by Emily Lee Mar 30, 2015
5 Philadelphia Bars and Restaurants that are Redefining the Bloody Mary

5 Philadelphia Bars and Restaurants that are Redefining the Bloody Mary

These five Bloody Marys will make waking up early on the weekend worthwhile. ...read more ›

by Caroline Russock Mar 4, 2015
California Private Equity Firm Buys Hood River's Full Sail Brewing

California Private Equity Firm Buys Hood River's Full Sail Brewing

Earlier this month, the 78 Full Sail employee-owners and founders voted to sell the company to Oregon Craft Br...read more ›

by Hannah Howard Mar 30, 2015
Philly's 5 Best Gin and Tonics

Philly's 5 Best Gin and Tonics

There's something magical about the combination of botanically infused gin and slightly sweet tonic....read more ›

by Caroline Russock Mar 30, 2015
Join The Gaslight for a Complimentary Bluecoat Gin Happy Hour, April 8

Join The Gaslight for a Complimentary Bluecoat Gin Happy Hour, April 8

Enjoy complimentary Bluecoat American Dry Gin and Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin cocktails at The Gaslight....read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 29, 2015
Win Big at Cav's Headhouse's 8 Week Quizzo Tournament, April 1-May 20

Win Big at Cav's Headhouse's 8 Week Quizzo Tournament, April 1-May 20

Win some awesome prizes during Cavanaugh's Headhouse's 8-Week Quizzo Tournament! ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 27, 2015
Remembering Michael Jackson: The Man Who Changed The Beer World

Remembering Michael Jackson: The Man Who Changed The Beer World

March 27 marks what would have been the 73rd birthday of leading beer and whisky critic, Michael Jackson....read more ›

by Emily Lee Mar 27, 2015
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Like us on Facebook!

Close