Beer Experiment #1
Requires: 4-6 beers
Aim: Body awareness.
Begin drinking the beer and avoid going to the bathroom to urinate until you’ve had several. Without rushing your drinking, hold on as long as you possibly can, waiting until your bladder is properly full before visiting the facilities.
Before urinating, consider your bladder and its place in your body. It is, at the moment, a very full bag of liquid. As you begin to urinate, pay attention to the feeling within your abdomen. As the urine leaves and your bladder begins to shrink, try to feel the dropping sensation in your stomach, from your diaphragm down through your guts, caused by your organs sliding down to fill the space as your full bladder empties out.
Repeat with each subsequent urination and try to feel your organs move inside you.
Beer Experiment #2
Requires: 8-12 beers
Aim: Repercussions awareness.
Again, drink beer until it is time to urinate. This time take note of the color of the urine. Typically the first piss will have some yellow color to it. Continue to pay attention to the color of piss during subsequent urinations, keeping in mind the color of the beer you are drinking, be it the watery yellow of an American light, the golden amber of a Canadian lager, or the inscrutable black of an Irish stout.
As you urinate each time, notice that no matter what the color of the beer is, your piss will lose its yellowness until it is indistinguishable from water in color.
Now consider your body. Begin to understand that your body is acting as a filter, skimming everything out of the liquid except the purest thing, the water. Whatever crap is in the beer to make it watery yellow, golden amber or impenetrable black is staying in you, getting thicker, and turning into sludge in your internal pipes and hoses.
Do not think that I am anti-beer. At one point in my life I drank enough beer to get drunk every day, almost without exception, for four years straight, totalling at least one thousand days. Beer and I are one now. I just want you to give it some thought. We fill up and empty out, fill up and empty out. The water goes. But the yellow, gold, or black?