This is a problem that I have pondered over, and argued about, for years. Einstein of course did not drink. I have read often that he did not drink. I have heard that even during his days at the Zurich Polytechnic, he would talk to his fellow students at a bar, but never actually drink. There are a few accounts of him being drunk, for example at a party with Mileva, he wrote to Conrad Habicht of being very drunk. Still though, other than those exceptions, he chose not to drink, believing that alcohol spoiled the mind. I remember reading Richard Feynman's book, "Classic Feynman," (what an amazing book by the way) where he said that during a trip to South America, he was walking along the boardwalk and saw a bar. He had a sudden strong inclination to go in and have a drink, even though it was still very early in the day. He began to enter, but realized that he was experiencing the first symptoms of alcoholism. Being that Feynman did not want to do anything that damaged his brain, he decided to quit alcohol altogether. Still though, I remember reading an essay by Carl Sagan about his experimenting with marijuana. He seemed to like the drug, and admitted that he advocated its use, although this isn't to say exactly that he drank alcohol, because even Feynman wrote of smoking marijuana and experimenting with LSD. Then I remember listening to an interview of Michio Kaku on the Opie and Anthony show, and Kaku was asked how physicists celebrate new discoveries. Do they drink? Kaku answered simply by saying that Physicists do no drink, and celebrate in different ways. Anywho, all of this leads me to believe that there are two sides to the matter of drinking alcohol. Either people drink alcohol and do not care of the damage it causes to their brain, or people do not drink in fear of that damage being caused. The general consensus seems to be that certain occupations that rely on their brains are weary of alcohol. What about you guys? Do you drink? Are you afraid of the risks? Sorry if this entire topic is too silly for some of you, as I was a bit doubtful about posting it myself.