Beer and Science: Two great things together for one post only

Cunningham SC, McNear B, Pearlman RS, Kern SE. Beverage-agarose gel electrophoresis: an inquiry-based laboratory exercise with virtual adaptation. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2006 Fall;5(3):281-6.

Aw, universities. Engaging undergraduates by bringing beer into the laboratory. No, not hiding six-packs in the walk-in lab fridge (that's for graduate students), but using Budweiser as a buffer for agarose gel electrophoresis! It works because it contains lots of anions and is subject to at least some quality standards, although there are many drawbacks, such as wasting perfectly good beer on science. And I imagine the apparatus is pretty gross afterwards. Although cleaning up lab stuff is what undergrads are for!


Guéguen N, Jacob C, Le Guellec H, Morineau T, Lourel M. Sound Level of Environmental Music and Drinking Behavior: A Field Experiment With Beer Drinkers. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2008 Jul 21.

Loud music apparently makes people drink more beer, and drink it faster. Because there's not much else to do when conversation is impossible.


Geller ES, Russ NW, Altomari MG. Naturalistic observations of beer drinking among college students. J Appl Behav Anal. 1986 Winter;19(4):391-6.

Alternative title: Stuff you already knew about drinking beer, except maybe that bit about guys typically consuming 0.92 ounces of beer per minute at a bar which doesn't sound like a lot. Pussies.


Toomey TL, Fabian LE, Erickson DJ, Lenk KM. Propensity for obtaining alcohol through shoulder tapping. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2007 Jul;31(7):1218-23. Epub 2007 May 20.

Hey there all of you underage A Good Poop readers! Medical science says that if you want to obtain alcohol, make sure you approach a man who looks like he just turned the legal age, preferably in an urban area.


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Using Bud for experiments? Its certainly better than drinking the stuff..

Hey, Bud's pretty slug bait! Also, if you're calling Bud 'beer', I want to see some proof.

People, people. When I said perfectly good beer, I meant beer in general. I'm Canadian, so obviously Bud is off the table as far as good beer goes.

I wouldnt call Bud a beer. Its like calling hostess cupcakes pastries...or calling the mcdonald burgers real food.

Quite a stretch my friend.


Naturalistic Observations: "Although these results are instructive, more field research is clearly needed."

Hah! I should say so. Clearly. Clearly needed.

By A. Hartman (not verified) on 15 Sep 2008 #permalink

I think this case report has its place here:

4-week headache after 60 pints of beer
The Lancet, , Volume 370, Issue 9593, 29 September 2007-5 October 2007, Page 1188
Zia I Carrim, Jane MacPhillimy, Ravi Jampana

For those argueing over if budwieser is good beer or not, the simple fact is that is has alcohol and it will get you drunk, if you are an undergrad, the key word is cheap. there are only a few who care about taste at age 18. Next is that these are interesting issues i have noticed myself i am glad someone else is thinking the same thing and writing papers on them.