Does a professional air-hockey player agree?
"I have experience on both sides -- I started playing competitively in college, and there was definitely drinking going on in those matches. But professionally, I can't be drinking when I play -- no way," said Chris Lee, a professional air-hockey player, and co-founder of the Air Hockey Players Association.
"People consider air hockey just to be a bar game -- but it's so much more than that. If you are playing seriously, you need to have your reflexes in check, and there's a lot of strategy involved. I'm not sure if you've ever seen a pro air-hockey match, but these guys can hit spots with pinpoint accuracy. You can't be doing that when you are intoxicated."
Lee did concede, however, that for amateur players, or for those just playing for fun, alcohol can have some benefits.
"I mean, it is true that some people believe alcohol can help them play better. It does relax you, maybe gives you some confidence, but your reflexes can suffer at a higher level. So, it goes both ways. Really, it depends on the scenario."