Spirit of Philadelphia Cruises Leaderboard
Hoodie Allen Leaderboard

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
The 20 Most Ridiculous Drink-Related Gifts from SkyMall Magazine
Stay Local in Old City This Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28 & 29
Devil's Den Hosts 6th Annual Fire Place Lighting Party, Dec 1
spacer
Gwar Header
From Around The Web

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:
 
Devil's Den Hosts 6th Annual Fire Place Lighting Party, Dec 1

Devil's Den Hosts 6th Annual Fire Place Lighting Party, Dec 1

You've heard of thousands ceremonial tree lightings, but Devil's Den has been mixing it up with their traditional fireplace lighting for years....read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2014
Seasonal Beer Tent at Franklin Square's Electrical Spectacle Every Thursday through Sunday, Nov 28 - Dec 31
by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2014
SPONSORED
Perch Pub Brunch Rectangle
4 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Eve is Biggest Drinking Night of the Year

4 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Eve is Biggest Drinking Night of the Year

Why is Thanksgiving Eve a big party night? It's the perfect storm for drinking fun. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 25, 2013
Sneak Peek of Winterfest Park, Beer Garden and Ice Skating Rink, Opening Friday, Nov. 28 (PHOTOS)

Sneak Peek of Winterfest Park, Beer Garden and Ice Skating Rink, Opening Friday, Nov. 28 (PHOTOS)

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens to the public Friday, November 28....read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2014
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether for work or home, sometimes you're looking for a place you can take 20 or more people for a party...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 15, 2014
5 Thanksgiving Drink Pairings for Your Holiday Table

5 Thanksgiving Drink Pairings for Your Holiday Table

What will you be sipping this Thanksgiving?...read more ›

by Marcos Espinoza Nov 25, 2014
A New Way to Get in the Holiday 'Spirit': Boozy Advent Calendars

A New Way to Get in the Holiday 'Spirit': Boozy Advent Calendars

Count down to Christmas the right way. With whiskey. ...read more ›

by Kate Monzo Nov 25, 2014
Beer Stores and Boutiques in Philadelphia Open on Thanksgiving Day

Beer Stores and Boutiques in Philadelphia Open on Thanksgiving Day

Here's where to go for your last minute beer needs. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 25, 2014
Bars in Philadelphia Open on Thanksgiving

Bars in Philadelphia Open on Thanksgiving

Here are your options for wetting your whistle after getting your gobble on. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 25, 2014
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Like us on Facebook!

Close