Not to alcohol hopefully
but this hobby could definitely help in that department
I'm addicted to home-brewing already. With a background in culinary arts, and a longtime interest in beer, this is a hobby that I can see myself enjoying for a longggg time.
Fermenting right now is my first beer, an IPA recipe from Extreme Brewing, altered a little bit after reading other recipes and this forum. I tried my very hardest to screw everything up, and spent about two hours a few nights back checking to make sure it wasn't ruined. In a state of full panic, I read countless threads dealing with burnt extract, long cooling times, unsanitized stirring spoons. Every response was RDWHAHB. So I did just that (except it was a SN Anniversary...)
This morning, I look at the carboy. Two inches of krausen, and an airlock bubbling happily. The smell coming off it is heavenly. I had my roommate come check it out, and his facial reaction was priceless. "This smells amazing! Piney, citrusy... Wow!"
I'm already planning out my next three or so batches. I'm hooked.