Sure, it could be set so that you don't have it spam your event log and light up your char. I don't want my char's every action to be broadcast to others, though. If I want others to react to my char -I- will create a post with an emote or something to that effect to say "Hey, I'm here! Somebody interact with me." There are plenty of times when I am only online a few minutes to do something quick and I don't want people jumping up saying "Hey you're awake!" And I just think it's redundant to have your event screen show:
Bob says: "*sips cider from his bottle*"
You see Bob ingest cider from small glass bottle.
How does that help RP? It seems very awkward.
I will continue to only RP my chars drinking without actually ingesting anything from a container and woe to the player who comments that no event message was generated so mine must not actually be drinking. Or maybe I'll just send my chars to large towns with 4kg of some beverage and get them drunk. 1 gram at a time.