words for you and those that walk the road beside you
Alcohol is notorious for leading people to overeat because of its physiological effect on appetite and because it is generally consumed in a social setting where food is plentiful.
There’s no place to store alcohol in our bodies the way we do food; therefore the body must use incoming alcohol preferentially as its energy source in order to keep it from reaching toxic levels. This gives alcohol its natural ability to stimulate appetite by depleting the glycogen (carbohydrate) stores in order to metabolize it, causing you to crave carbohydrates.
Alcohol also acts as a diuretic, increasing urination thus decreasing electrolytes like sodium. Again we now begin to crave the things we are losing – hence our desire for salty carbohydrate – like foods ( e.g. chips, crisps, dips, crackers , etc.,).
When you combine alcohol’s natural effects on appetite with its well-known un-inhibiting effects at a destination full of palatable foods, you have hungry people who often end up with no cares about what and how much food they consume.
Source; Neal Spruce, Sharecare.com
An article in the latest issue of Marketing.ie describes how RED C Research undertook a product test for Brown Forman’s new Fire Eater brand.
The research company ran tastings and focus groups to test the appeal for Early Times Fire Eater, a 35% heavy alcohol/ethanol American whiskey liqueur, flavoured with brown sugar and cinnamon.
According to Red C;
The key market for the new product was the “pre-drinking” or “prinking” among 18-24 year olds. A typical pub product test would not work. To replicate the “prinking” and for respondents to consume the product in as natural environment as possible, we recruited young drinkers to host in-home parties, invite their friends over and sample the drink as they would do on a typical social night.
Initial reaction to the product was captured through video and photos recorded by those at the party. They were uploaded to the Red C portal to give reaction to the product captured in the right environment. The flow of the night was left to the participants to decide, allowing for natural behaviour to develop. All of this allowed for valuable insights into the ritual and behaviour during“prinks”
The Urban Dictionary defines Prinking or Pre-Drinking as;
The act in which one consumes alcohol prior to attending an event at which alcoholic beverages may or may not be served. Often popular with university or college students who can’t afford to buy too many drinks at a bar. Or high school kids who plan to attend events such as dances.
Brown Forman, already well armed with Jack Daniels, a big seller in the pubs among the young, are lining up another heavy alcohol product. This time aimed at youths, a younger sector than that for Jack Daniels
A question for Brown Forman; How does the strategy of targeting 18-24 year olds with sweetened heavy alcohol fit in with your Corporate responsibility philosophy regarding alcohol abuse among the young?
Questions for Red C
- Was there a limit on how much heavy alcohol the young drinkers could consume at the in-home parties?
- Was there anyone younger than 18 at these parties?
- Boys and girls, was it an equal split?
- The ritual and behaviour during “Prinks”, what sort of behaviour is that?
- How ethical is this form of research
- Does Red C have a code of Corporate Responsibility for research?
The match has started, lads are in the pub, just made it
There y’are Lar. What kept ya? Its your round
Oh right. Barman, 5 pints of Heineken please
First pint goes down easy. The second is in hand. That’s better
Can relax now, enjoy the game. Half time, nil all
Third pint arrives, chatting away, lads are in great form. Nice girls too
This is great, need it to get away from things
Laughing, kidding, having the banter. Can’t stop
Hey Lar, its your round.
Again? Barman, same again 5 pints of Heineken
Game over, who won? What’s goin on? Lar we’re goin to Diceys, you comin?
No can’t, have to go home.
Jayz I’m in a right state. She’ll kill me
How many pints did we have?
Drove up, was in a rush. Spent the taxi money.