Ok, I know the usual warnings against alcohol consumption in Winter: impaired judgement, loss of coordination, dehydration, hypothermia through vasodilation, etc. And, I've seen enough drunken yahoos on ski slopes to confirm the warnings.
But, I suffer from poor circulation in my hands. They are cold all day, everyday. I must own 30+ pairs of various gloves, mitts, liners, and shells and I'm still looking for a better solution. Even while skinning uphill to backcountry ski, my torso will sweat and need venting, but my hands will still be cold!
Stephenson's website suggests consuming less than 0.5oz of alcohol per hour during Winter exercise to help exactly this problem. They claim the vasodilation effect will increase blood flow to the extremities, while cooling the core. This sounds great -- warm hands and reduced perspiration. Anyone ever tried it?