This is tremendous news. Let’s celebrate by tossing back two or 12. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago found that beer-drinkers were better at solving brainteasers 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.
See, sometimes being completely focused and lucid is overrated.
These findings certainly explain why getting a girl into bed – the ultimate brainteaser – is easier six-brews-deep.
So next time someone says you’re acting like an idiot after a bunch of beers, tell them you can solve the hell out of any problem and they should shut the f*ck up.