Surely you expected this? My friend Leslie told me about Highland Courage Scottish-Style Ale, a beer that is available at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Bethesda Maryland (http://www.rockbottom.com/our-story/awards), so I simply had to address the concept of liquid courage.
I must say, I am not a huge fan of resorting to liquid courage, but I suppose it has its place in the grand scheme of things. I mentioned Turcuil and Edna yesterday, so I it is only fair to reveal that in Highland Solution, it took a bit of liquid courage for Turcuil to overcome his shyness.
“With the courage coming from a few tankards of ale as well as the urging of comrades, she (Katherine) watched Turcuil pluck up his nerve and ask Edna to dance with him.”
There is no question that alcohol consumption lowers inhibitions. This can be a good thing if overwhelming shyness keeps you from doing something perfectly reasonable such as asking a woman to dance with you.
It may not be such a good thing if it causes you to throw basic good judgment out the window. I will tell you honestly, I am a skilled vocalist. I have a classically trained voice and can bring elderly ladies to tears with my rendition of Ave Maria. Note, I said classically trained. I cannot sing modern music without sounding silly. As much as I would love to join in, Karaoke is not for me. Every time I have given in to the urge, usually with the help of a little liquid courage, I have profoundly regretted it.