Beer Makes Men Smarter, Study Finds: Brilliant or Bogus?

Living 2012/04/13 18:00:00
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Looking for an excuse to have a cold one tonight? Beer makes men smarter, according to researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago, The New York Daily News reports. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on what having a brewski or two does for the ladies ...

The researchers had 40 men play a word game. Half the players were given two pints; the other half had nothing to drink. Turns out, the drinkers solved 40 percent more of the problems than the sober players and they finished the problems in 12 seconds (the non-drinkers took 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. "Innovation may happen when people are not so focused. Sometimes it’s good to be distracted." Do you buy it that beer makes you brilliant? Or is this totally bogus?
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  • Airwool 2012/10/21 16:23:29
    It also removes their volume control, makes them better singers, bigger players, God's gift to all women... the list goes on.
  • joshua ben-ami 2012/05/08 21:01:53
    joshua ben-ami
    but much is good in moderation
  • syl 2012/05/01 19:47:03
    Bogus-but funny!!
  • RasHooD 2012/04/19 20:13:46
    it is wors what you realy think of it than smart or not....stay out of it
  • Stan Weinstein 2012/04/19 09:15:18
    Stan Weinstein
    The people doing the study must have been drunk on their ass.
  • Ary 2012/04/19 02:33:42
    Beer doesn't make you smarter, and if they really wanted an objective study, they would've tested each guy before and after drinking to see how they were at problem solving. It didn't say everyone was of equal intelligence/education either or even their ages and that could have a lot to do with it.
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/04/18 06:22:04
    It make them drunker!(:
  • Jackie 2012/04/18 03:28:00
    It must make men brilliant, because they are always hitting on me when they've been drinking! LOL
  • MS PRUD 2012/04/17 17:33:15 (edited)
    If it makes girls pretty at closing time then how could it make you smart, besides it destroys brain cells
  • silverhorn 2012/04/17 15:25:57
    Of course! But we are talking about beer here, not that swill designated with "Light" behind it.
  • theprothinker 2012/04/17 15:22:01
    Any excuse for a good glass of beer.
  • ☆FritzW☆ 2012/04/17 14:06:45
    Now I'm justified!... yea fellows.. just put the bar over there next to the computer ok?
  • GREENMAN 2012/04/17 10:15:29
    I think Einstein was the one who said that there was a limit on intellect, but none on stupitity. The "Bogus" answers bear out that. You bogus boys should drink a few beers and wise up.
  • Mara 2012/04/17 07:28:55
    I think that having one or two beers (as it says in the article) is great! Relaxing is key to figuring things out...Beer=Relaxed (Most cases) As long as its in moderation
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/04/17 07:28:53
  • Mark English 2012/04/17 05:45:27
    Mark English
    Thats two beers - what happens with 4 beers? 6 beers? I think what happens with more is rather predictable but, when does the inevitable drop off start?
  • Rebecca 2012/04/17 03:20:34
    it makes men THINK they're smarter
  • dennisg40 2012/04/17 03:02:54
    Just ask the police how smart it makes people.
  • ❤Runaway❤ 2012/04/17 02:34:40 (edited)
    Totally bogus
    totally bogus
  • Lordy :D 2012/04/17 02:30:45
    Lordy :D
    "Men makes beer smarter."

    Brought to you by Corona. Moving forward.
  • Rolling Panda 2012/04/17 02:12:41
    Rolling Panda
    Lies. My stepdad drank repeatedly and he wasn't the brightest so I would say it's a lie.
  • Rob Williams 2012/04/17 00:57:12
    Rob Williams
    The article doesn't make it clear but they're not talking about men getting smarter after drinking vast amounts of alcohol! It says that changes were noted at a 0.07 blood alcohol level but doesn't give a clearer picture of how much that is. In fact the limit for driving in the USA and UK is 0.08! So the article is not saying that drinking gallons of bear is good for the brain but maybe a pint is...
  • Chris 2012/04/17 00:50:07
    The creative benefits are only temporary. The aftereffects make people much less brilliant.
  • charles nelson 2012/04/16 22:30:19
    charles nelson
    Except for not being able to find my car.... I would say it even makes me a better human being.
  • BILL 2012/04/16 22:12:11
    The only real Difference between the two answers are the cost of the damages and the Medical Bills, and sometimes Bail Money
  • Walter Harris 2012/04/16 21:20:25
    Walter Harris
    creativity and intellegence is two different things. I'm very intellengent and a bad speller. does that mean that i can drink a couple of beers and spell better?????
  • The Bee Guy 2012/04/16 20:58:14
    The Bee Guy
    Not very long! one or two might not do a lot, but open mouth to ideas, more then that and the I.Q. drops substantially (unless you think I Q srands for insanity Quotient) in which case it goes up substantially after one or two.
  • joey 2012/04/16 20:25:01
    still makes em do dumb things.
  • Even Steven 2012/04/16 20:24:26
    Even Steven
    Beer is stupendous. The more I drink the more intelligent I become plus all the ladies start looking so much better.

    Ein prosit!
  • El Prez 2012/04/16 20:00:53
    El Prez
    I always knew it. That's why people are able to give all those great answers when they get stopped for having, "two beers". Look how smart they are.
  • walkerarchitects 2012/04/16 19:41:37
    Obviously beer sells and adds benefits previously known and accepted for hundreds of years. On the other hand drinking anything alcoholic to excess is a bad thing. We recommend Bavarian brewed beer for the best decision making as superior in these attributes to Pilsner's or rice based beer.
  • nicesteve 2012/04/16 19:29:08
    As long as you use common sense, beer and wine have been undisputingly proven to have very significant health bennefits. However, us men, and most women as well for that manner, should leave the "mmmm beer" mentality to Homer Simpson and his compatriates. In short, do and enjoy, but don't over do.
  • Eipok 2012/04/16 19:21:01
    It's true that if you limit your inhibitions, you can think far more easily and creatively. Just look at all the brilliant art done by artists on drugs, and then compare it to the art done by those same artists when they were sober. You'll see the difference right away. So, as far as I can see, there's no reason this shouldn't be the case.

    Also, to all the idiots ranting about how horrible drinking is, or that the guys were even "drunk", their BAC was 0.07, which is pretty much harmless unless you're driving or working with machinery, because depth perception and peripheral vision are usually affected, but not much else. Things only start getting dangerous at 0.1 and up, which is where most people start losing control of their emotions, reasoning, motor control and reaction times.
  • Santiago Paez 2012/04/16 19:16:53
    Santiago Paez
    Then im soo f*** genius!!! And each day i'll be more smart!!!
  • harley oldman 2012/04/16 18:39:05
    harley oldman
    I drink beer all the time...and I`m praticly a genuus.....!
  • scbluesman13 2012/04/16 18:23:35
    Sure... And the earth is flat too...
  • Lucy Krueger 2012/04/16 18:23:09
    Lucy Krueger
    Well,alcoholic are smarter than other people.The things they'll come up with just to hide their beers.If you told an alcoholic than he won't get another sip of it until he cures cancer,that disease would be history in seconds.
  • Odinsown 2012/04/16 18:08:51
    It makes sense, I know when I am sober I am always in my own way for word problems and riddles, when drunk I do better.
  • silentart 2012/04/16 18:02:22
    Not have read research report on beer drinking but had seen real action of beer drinker. My final understanding is keep away from them!
  • sabre2th1 2012/04/16 17:51:36
    omg what else will they come up with... ciggerettes make you a highly trained elite athlete with amazing cardio vascular capabilities?
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