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

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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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  • "Run-A-Way Bill" 2012/04/16 12:33:29
    Brilliant
    "Run-A-Way Bill"
    +1
    Do NOT fight the science of BEER!

    Beer

    pARTy On! Beer Lovers ...
  • tobe 2012/04/16 11:52:37
    Bogus
    tobe
    +3
    hahaha yeah right
  • stevmackey 2012/04/16 10:59:15
    Bogus
    stevmackey
    +3
    tastes good is all.
  • Bowman 2012/04/16 06:15:31
    Brilliant
    Bowman
  • MQ-American Values Again (AVA) 2012/04/16 06:00:06
    Bogus
    MQ-American Values Again (AVA)
    +4
    I've never seen a drunk yet that I thought was smart .... seen some pretty dumb ones though...
    ____________
    That is not to say I don't think anyone can't enjoy an ice cold one once in awhile... I would say a beer or two after a hard day may relax someone, but can't see that it would make them any smarter...
  • Uranos7 2012/04/16 04:52:41
    Brilliant
    Uranos7
    +3
    It does make sense that it makes you better at creative thinking and problem solving. Earnest hemmingway was a strong believer in this theory as he always had a coffee cup of scotch before writing.
    wine smart
    wine and chocolate too
    3 of my favorite things I must be a genius. Oh wait I am a genius. IQ 149
  • Steampu... Uranos7 2012/04/16 13:12:37
  • Sass Uranos7 2012/04/16 15:29:54
    Sass
    Then you ought to be "smart" enough to know NOT to drink. It has been proven time and again that alcohol kills brain cells. Maybe it has already killed too many of yours......
  • Uranos7 Sass 2012/04/16 15:56:57
    Uranos7
    +1
    Only if you drink too much. Numerous studies have shown 2 drinks a day lead to a longer healthier life and even may be helpful in preventing altzhiemers.
    Now when people try to apply 'redneck' logic and say "Well if 2 beers will prevent it then a 6 pack must cure it." That is when the killing of brain cells happens.
    redneck race card
  • TheExphinitee42 2012/04/16 04:04:04
  • Neon Secrets 2012/04/16 03:55:18
    Bogus
    Neon Secrets
    +1
    Just more witty perhaps
  • Sass Neon Se... 2012/04/16 15:30:55
    Sass
    Witty??? Only to yourself and your drunk buddies.
  • Jessica 2012/04/16 03:37:29
    Bogus
    Jessica
    +3
    Drunk people do NOT act intelligent.
  • taitaFalcon23 2012/04/16 03:04:30
    Bogus
    taitaFalcon23
    +3
    I've heard it fogs the lenses of one's goggles....
  • decrepittex 2012/04/16 02:50:05
    Bogus
    decrepittex
    +3
    I can answer the last part about what it does for the ladies...it makes them better looking. Of course that doesn't apply if THEY have the beers.
  • MissJo 2012/04/16 02:42:26 (edited)
  • BwaHa MissJo 2012/04/16 12:53:03
    BwaHa
    So, we should keep the execs at the pentagon and the decision makers in the state department at a perpetual .07 intoxication level. If we do the whole world would be a different place. Imagine that... world affecting decisions made by a group of inebriated politicos... what a novel idea.

    Oh, wait... that's already been instituted... I forgot.

    I always thought they needed to loosen up a bit. Bunch friggin' stuff shirts anyways.
  • MissJo BwaHa 2012/04/16 19:41:30
    MissJo
    Way to put words in my mouth.
  • METALheadMom 2012/04/16 01:28:50
    Bogus
    METALheadMom
    +5
    Beer makes men look pregnant, argumentative, and lazy. If alcohol makes them smarter, they sure must be pretty lame if they don't drink!!
  • iHatespam 2012/04/16 01:20:35
    Bogus
    iHatespam
    +4
    I don't believe it :-)
  • Jiorgia 2012/04/16 01:17:48
    Brilliant
    Jiorgia
    +1
    a peer study or two later and you will see.
  • Curmudgeon 2012/04/16 01:11:42
    Bogus
    Curmudgeon
    +4
    I know allot of guys that drink their pay cheques away faithfully every 2 weeks, smart is not something that comes to mind when I think about those guys. lol
  • aksquad 2012/04/16 01:10:38
  • Rono 2012/04/16 00:43:52
    Bogus
    Rono
    +5
    Who conducted this study again? Oh, most likely a beer company.
  • Catch224u 2012/04/16 00:31:59
    Brilliant
    Catch224u
    +3
    Of course you are smarter, and richer, and better looking, and sexyer, and smaaarter, and riiichher, and better loooking, and did I say seexyer?
  • strawberry 2012/04/16 00:02:43
    Bogus
    strawberry
    +3
    Just my opinion but it seems more men and women die from alcoholism drinking too much cheap beer than quality whiskey and wine.
  • imiejdoggydog 2012/04/16 00:02:29
    Bogus
    imiejdoggydog
    +3
    i'm not agree...makes guys look stupid
  • strawberry imiejdo... 2012/04/16 00:06:12
    strawberry
    +3
    You are right. I've seen worse beer alcoholics. I have often wondered if ingredients in beer cause negative allergic reactions. Most American made beer is poor quality in comparison to foreign beer.
  • MiinaNiemi03 2012/04/15 23:53:57
    Bogus
    MiinaNiemi03
    +5
    Well now isn't that a good excuse!
  • janet 2012/04/15 23:46:45
    Bogus
    janet
  • Shirley 2012/04/15 23:43:43
  • strawberry Shirley 2012/04/16 00:06:44
    strawberry
    +3
    Beer puts on alot of weight.
  • Shirley strawberry 2012/04/16 00:30:24
  • BwaHa Shirley 2012/04/16 12:55:36
    BwaHa
    +2
    and makes them fart... a lot!
  • Shirley BwaHa 2012/04/16 23:50:41
  • supercar55 2012/04/15 23:21:49
  • JonMaple 2012/04/15 23:20:40
  • Queen B 2012/04/15 23:11:38
  • C. C. R... Queen B 2012/04/16 00:14:34
    C. C. Rider
    +4
    LOL LOL For sure!
  • Billyk75 2012/04/15 23:10:38
    Bogus
    Billyk75
    +3
    It made Bud Wiser.

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