Man Decides to Live on Beer Alone for Lent

17th-century monks inspire the liquid diet
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Del Hall has reasons for giving up all food for Lent—instead of just, say, chili dogs—and relying solely on beer for calories. And those reasons are not what you might assume. He’d like to break his cycle of making bad food choices, Cincinnati.comreports. But mostly he wants to emulate 17th-century monks, who may or may not want to be dragged into this. “Just like the monks used to do it back in the 1600s, I’m going to do the same thing,” Hall said in a YouTube announcement. “I really feel good when I fast,” he added. He’ll allow himself black coffee, unsweetened tea, and sparkling water, but no solid food. “My pendulum doesn’t swing toward moderation,” said Hall, who’s the sales director for a brewer.