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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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  • C. C. R... sickofw... 2012/05/24 18:56:39
    C. C. Rider
    Glad you got a giggle, it still cracks me up to this day.
  • rawrimamoocow 2012/04/15 15:32:41
  • Boris Badinov 2012/04/15 15:21:28
    Bogus
    Boris Badinov
    +3
    It hasn't actually done that much for me..
  • John Storz 2012/04/15 15:16:01
    Brilliant
    John Storz
    +4
    At last, proof!
    i don t always drink beer
  • goatman112003 2012/04/15 14:36:05
    Brilliant
    goatman112003
    +3
    Problem solving becomes better because the person is relaxed.
  • niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20 2012/04/15 14:07:31
    Brilliant
    niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20
    +3
    Under beer influence, we forget how stupid we are.
  • Red_Horse 2012/04/15 13:54:22
  • BwaHa Red_Horse 2012/04/16 13:22:16
    BwaHa
    +2
    I once had a captain order me to "ply them with beer, they'll do it!" regarding a rather challenging task for very early the next morning. He wasn't too wise and truly had no idea what hungover drunks aren't capable of doing. The last I heard he was selling insurance down south.
  • Red_Horse BwaHa 2012/04/16 17:06:04
  • Jan Nel 2012/04/15 13:42:44
    Bogus
    Jan Nel
    +4
    beer gives them fat bellies, smelly breath and renders them obnoxious.
  • Georgie's Girl 2012/04/15 12:51:14
    Bogus
    Georgie's Girl
    +5
    I know...I'm supposed to say brilliant because it made Bud wiser... lol
  • Brightsprite62 2012/04/15 12:36:48
    Bogus
    Brightsprite62
    +4
    just a stupid way to encourage drinking the nasty stuff.
  • BwaHa Brights... 2012/04/16 13:23:51
    BwaHa
    Pee in a glass... I hear it tastes the same. I can tell you what beer tastes like... I can't tell you about the flavor of pee. So I'm no expert.
  • MissingTheO.C. 2012/04/15 12:35:19
    Bogus
    MissingTheO.C.
    +2
    As much as I would like for it to be true.....
  • TasselLady 2012/04/15 12:32:31
    Bogus
    TasselLady
    +3
    The more they drink the dumber they get, just like with women.
  • hasher 2012/04/15 11:33:37
    Bogus
    hasher
    +3
    boy if only that were true most people i know would love that. what about women?? i drink my fair share of beer. most people ive been around it has the opposite effect some men turn stupid other just plain mean. so it varies.
  • sickofw... hasher 2012/05/24 03:30:38
    sickofwrongbeingright
    stupid around friends mean to wifes
  • wolfcall 2012/04/15 11:18:09 (edited)
    Bogus
    wolfcall
    +4
    really? because i know some dumb ass drunks
  • hasher wolfcall 2012/04/15 11:34:32
    hasher
    +1
    me too.
  • Dickens 2012/04/15 09:43:57
    Bogus
    Dickens
    +5
    ..and which brewery paid for THAT study?
  • ♰SɕαɾƖεt♰ 2012/04/15 09:04:43
    Bogus
    ♰SɕαɾƖεt♰
    +4
    absolute nonsense... thats an excuse for them to drink themselves silly
  • sundance 2012/04/15 09:04:38
  • Johann 2012/04/15 09:00:55
    Bogus
    Johann
    +2
    Ever since attempting to try it at 21, I still hate the taste of it. Give my wine once in a while.
  • Richard Hungwell AKA Relent... 2012/04/15 08:52:32
    Brilliant
    Richard Hungwell AKA Relentless
    +1
    The science behind it explained in simple terms
    cliff calvin beer
  • fruitfulmind 2012/04/15 08:30:28
    Bogus
    fruitfulmind
    +3
    People seem to be more direct and blunt
  • Bronar 2012/04/15 08:23:42
    Brilliant
    Bronar
    +1
    Reminds me of an old Cliff Clavin theory.
  • Bronar Bronar 2012/04/16 03:53:18
  • Vieuphoria 2012/04/15 06:38:44
    Bogus
    Vieuphoria
    +3
    Cider is the true mans drink.
  • Redneck 2012/04/15 05:57:03
    Brilliant
    Redneck
    +1
    and women prettier
  • Hannah Redneck 2012/04/15 19:53:20
    Hannah
    Haha lol
  • kobidobidog 2012/04/15 05:46:14 (edited)
    Bogus
    kobidobidog
    +3
    I thought humans knew this.

    << Proverbs 20 >>

    King James Version;1Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
    How can a human be brilliant when they are not wise.
  • Jdogg 2012/04/15 04:49:28
    Bogus
    Jdogg
    +4
    The only thing beer makes you is fatter,
  • Z-Wolf 2012/04/15 04:04:56
    Bogus
    Z-Wolf
    +4
    It never said it made them smarter. It just removes distractions. And for those who said it made ugly women pretty, well maybe it made you less judgmental.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/04/15 02:59:46
    Bogus
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +4
    HAVEN'T DISCOVERED THAT IN MY YEARS OF RESEARCH! ..GREAT GRANDMA
  • Soot The Fallen 2012/04/15 02:35:52
    Brilliant
    Soot The Fallen
    +2
    Is the study ongoing? If so can we all participate?
  • hasher Soot Th... 2012/04/15 11:40:32
    hasher
    i say we do our own investigating. i wll get a bunchof my friends together and let you know. even if i dont find any conclusions it will be fun to experiment.
  • Jay Calderone 2012/04/15 02:14:32
    Brilliant
    Jay Calderone
    +2
    Finally, an excuse to drink beer! Thank you!
    lolcat goes yay
  • hasher Jay Cal... 2012/04/15 11:39:03
    hasher
    +1
    since when do we need an excuse?? i love beer and if thats my only vice then so be it.
  • Jay Cal... hasher 2012/04/15 20:01:20
    Jay Calderone
    Since I got a girlfriend, that's when
  • All American 2012/04/15 02:09:59
    Brilliant
    All American
    +4
    I drinks lots a beer an I's reel smarts. Im liven pruff.

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