Drinking At Work Good For Productivity, New Study Claims

If I told you drinking at work could actually help your productivity, then you would immediately think, "What's the catch?"

Well, you wouldn't be wrong to take the cynical approach; nevertheless, there is a new study out from the University of Illinois at Chicago which backs up the idea that some drinking at work is actually a good thing.

In a report from the Huffington Post, researchers at the university said that some alcohol consumption can actually lead to better productivity concerning creative tasks.

Reporter Kate Bratskeir explains that participants whose blood alcohol level (BAC) was slightly under 0.08 percent performed better in creative tasks than their sober counterparts, while underperforming when they were assigned memory tasks. (Hence the catch.)

Researchers ultimately determined that a person's "creative peak" was reached when the person achieved a BAC of 0.075 percent, just under the legal limit for intoxication in many states.

Of course, the big issue is that BAC elevation can change depending on the person. For instance, I weigh around 225 pounds. Theoretically, I should be able to take on more alcohol than my wife, who weighs much less.

("Much less" is all you're getting for sake of comparison; I value my marriage.)

However, there are the anomalies of smaller people who can drink enough to float a battleship and still be considered "functional." It's tricky business learning where the "sweet spot" is, but a new beer comes close.

The Problem Solver is an IPA featuring 7.1 percent alcohol. It is "brewed to tickle taste buds and brain cells," the company's website claims, adding that it has a "refined bitterness with a refreshing finish" and features an "indicator on the bottle" making it easier to "find your creative peak."

Just find the amount that fits your weight "to make sure you hit the magical 0.075 percent," the website states.

Drinking At Work? You Need 'The Problem Solver'

Of course, when it comes to drinking at work, all the studies in the world are not going to help you win your case with a boss, who happens to be a teetotaler, so make sure you're using with extreme caution.

And again, try to remember that weight is but one factor when it comes to determining your constitution for alcohol. Other factors include genetic medications, genetic makeup, and diet.

To get a clearer picture of how much you can handle, check out the Blood Alcohol Calculator online.

What do you think, readers? Should some drinking at work be allowed, and do you think it would help you better perform in creative tasks? Sound off in our comments section.

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