Mocktalehour Podcast

7. Moderation (Usually) Doesn’t Work

May 8, 2020

Dostoevsky said, “Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.” Try not to think of drinking, and you’ll be drunk before you can say one or six. Featured mocktail: Old Fashioned Barley Water



Barley Water

  •  ½ cup pearl barley
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 T superfine sugar (+/- to taste)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • slice of lemon or lime to garnish

  1. Rinse barley in a sieve under cool running water for a minute or so, until water runs clear
  2. Combine water and sugar; bring to a boil
  3. Add barley and return to a boil. Reduce, cover and simmer 20 minutes
  4. Strain the water into a pitcher and cool to room temperature
  5. Stir in lemon juice
  6. Chill before serving, with or without ice
  7. Garnish as you wish (traditional tennis attire optional)


Ironic Process Theory (AKA Try Not to Think About a White Bear)

Henry D. Dogswell, Gold Rush dentist and temperance crusader (whom we may have failed to name during the episode)

Mountain View Cemetery

1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Annie Grace webinar: 6 Things Science Says About Moderation