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Beer makes men smarter: study

Males solve brain teasers better after consuming alcohol, researchers say

By Corky Siemaszko / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Beer makes men smarter.

So say researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

They found that men with a couple beers under their belts were actually better at solving brain-teasers than their sober counterparts.

To reach that surprising conclusion, the researchers devised a bar game in which 40 men were given three words and told to come up with a fourth that fits the pattern.

For example, the word "cheese" could fit with words like "blue" or "cottage" or "Swiss."

Half the players were given two pints. The other half got nothing.

The result? Those who imbibed solved 40% more of the problems that their sober counterparts.

Also, the drinkers finished their problems in 12 seconds while it took the non-drinkers 15.5 seconds.

"We found at 0.07 blood alcohol, people were worse at working memory tasks, but they were better at creative problem-solving tasks," psychologist Jennifer Wiley reported on the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) site.

Wiley conceded that her findings run counter to popular belief that alcohol hinders analytical thinking and muddies the mind.

"We have this assumption, that being able to focus on one part of a problem or having a lot of expertise is better for problem solving," says Wiley. "But that's not necessarily true. Innovation may happen when people are not so focused. Sometimes it's good to be distracted."

It may also help explain why raving drunks like Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever or Charles Bukowski were able to write their books.

"Sometimes the really creative stuff comes out when you're having a glass of wine over dinner, or when you're taking a shower," Wiley said.


Researchers also found that men are more likely to solve a problem when working in groups of three rather than two.

"In groups of two, we tend to be more polite, not to confront or ask questions," Wiley said. "But when you respond to a question in a group of three, you're not confronting, you're speaking up for the whole group."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/beer-men-smarter-study-article-1.1059752#ixzz1sCmojvtO


This reminds me of an episode of the TV series "WKRP In Cinncinati" where radio DJ Johnny Fever takes part in a on-air test delivered by a police officer to demonstrate how drinking slows your reflexes.

The gag is that Johnny's reflexes keep getting faster and faster the more he drinks.  :toothy9:


This is an effect known for a while.

There was a Hungarian guy who competed -- quite successfully -- in Olympic pentathlon back in the '60s. For a while they were allowed to drink before the shooting event; although he did not like booze, he chucked a shot or two. The average shooting results were 98-99 out of 100. After drinking was banned, it fell to the 92-93 range.

When I was young, I would have a drink before going to play arcade games; I lasted considerably longer than if I tried to play dry.
The spreading of information about the [quantum] system through the [classical] environment is ultimately responsible for the emergence of "objective reality." 

Wojciech Hubert Zurek: Decoherence, einselection, and the quantum origins of the classical

Captain Courageous

Apr 16, 2012, 02:49 PM Last Edit: Apr 16, 2012, 02:52 PM by Captain Courageous
Like tea and wine, they are coming up with a bunch of positive research on this eructative beverage of the plebian class. In tribute, I give you ....

Adam Sandler's BEER SONG put to video:

Beer song


Innovation may happen when people are not so focused. Sometimes it's good to be distracted."

Golly, I hope no one is claiming this as a newly discovered theory! 

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Contact dr e  Lifeboats for the ladies and children, icy waters for the men.  Women have rights and men have responsibilties.

Cordell Walker

just 2 weeks ago, I drank serveral pabst blue ribbon 12 oz cans, and hit them with a yugo SKS at a range of about 80-90 yards
"how can you kill women and children?"---private joker
"Easy, ya just dont lead em as much" ---Animal Mother

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