Researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago have conducted a beer drinking survey and they have learned that beer can actually make you smarter…sometimes.
Through their research the group found that men with a couple of beers in their system were actually better at solving brain-teasers than their sober friends.
To figure out if their hypothesis was correct the group created a bar game in which 40 men were given three words and then had to come up with a fourth word that matched the pattern they had created. For example if someone was given the words “blue”, “cottage”, “swiss” they would say “cheese.”
Half of the men were given two pints of beer while the rest remained sober.
Researchers learned that imbided men solved 40% more of the problems than sober counterparts and that drinkers solved the problems in an average of 12 seconds compared to 15.5 seconds for sober participants.
Psychologist Jennifer Wiley revealed on the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) website:
“We found at 0.07 blood alcohol, people were worse at working memory tasks, but they were better at creative problem-solving tasks.”
Researchers are well aware that the study runs counter to societal beliefs that drinking impairs all analytical thinking but the group contends that perhaps many people need a bit of distraction when solving problems.
In many ways this type of research has already been proven by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson, two famous writers who fueled their writing with the constant drip of alcohol from the bottle. Although Hunter was probably helped along even more by the constant dose of drugs he provided for his system.
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