It may not make up for all those painful hangovers, but at least years of heavy drinking can serve a purpose later down the line.
Recovering alcoholic Adam Hope hadn't had a drink 18 years, but after a friend picked him up and took him to Decanta Tapas Bar in New Plymouth, New Zealand, he found himself the winner of a beer stein holding competition, Tarakani Daily News reports.
His friend's detour didn't give him any training time to prepare the event, but when he got to the restaurant, he opted to enter anyway.
"I think I did all my training two decades ago," he said. "Lots of training."
Competition rules required Hope to hold his beer with his elbow straight, with the beer above shoulder height for the duration of the contest. He said he started out strong, but started to feel the burn after the five-minute mark. However, he persevered, holding the stein steady for a full seven minutes, Tarakani Daily News Reports.
The spirit of competition saw him through until the end.
"I hate losing," he said,
His prize? Tickets to an event called Mike's Oktoberfest, a day of festivities boasting craft beer, a sing along and an event that involves "flinging a deceased marsupial in the infamous Possum Chuck."
Who would want to miss that?
Hope did. He said he thought it could be fun, but gave the tickets to a friend's family member after deciding it might not be the best idea, he said.
"I would have got a bit brassed off at all the drunks," he told Tarakani Daily News.