Saturday, April 14, 2012

Beer = Brain Power

As if we need an excuse to enjoy beer.
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. 
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The study also determined that alcohol impairment was detrimental to memory-related tasks, but apparently a benefit to problem solving tasks. No wonder our Founding Fathers where known to gather in taverns.

It seems I have some critical thinking to do tonight.

See "Beer makes men smarter: study" for the complete article.


  1. "It seems I have some critical thinking to do tonight."

    Gonna have to keep that one my back pocket for use later!

  2. Does critical thinking work with wine, too?

    1. Rose, that sounds like a worthy research project.


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