The buffalo theory

According to the buffalo theory large amounts of alcohol are good for the brain.

According to the buffalo theory large amounts of alcohol are good for the brain.

It is the usual assumption that drinking is bad for the brain. However in the TV-show ‘Cheers’ Cliff Clavin claims the opposite. We would like to believe that his Buffalo theory is true. So here’s how he explains it to his buddy Norm.

“Well you see, Norm, it’s like this . . . A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the heard is hunted, it is the lowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

19 thoughts on “The buffalo theory

  1. I think you have exactly the right answer, at least for me. In the meantime I want to thank you for liking “River Congo – Excerpt 3” on – Aloha – pjs.


  2. So loved this post – I am a huge fan of Cheers and this brought a smile to my face as I was drinking a glass of cava at 4:30pm! Thanks for the post and also for liking my blog ‘trepidatious traveller’


  3. Friday night: a tasting menu with matching wines at Truffle, our favourite restaurant in Darlington, the UK (check our the restaurant’s website to assess what they have to eat and drink). Six courses, six glasses of exceptional wine, and some of Saturday lost coz the wine waiter was, as usual, generous with any dregs in the bottles! Some of those weaker brain cells were certainly killed off, I’m afraid!
    You’ve a fun and thought-provoking blog. I’m enjoying it. Glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”. Stay pickled. Phil.


  4. Pingback: Alcohol consumption prevents memory loss at an older age | Lords of the Drinks

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