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Drinking Makes You Smarter!! I knew it!

Dodds Hayden - Thursday, April 12, 2012

Drinking May Help People Solve Problems After All  

Drinking alcohol may enhance a person’s problem solving skills, sez a very smart new study, albeit with a small sample size (40 people).  Yup, the ancient belief that wine is often the source of inspiration is now supported by science. Men who drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving problems solved them faster and at a higher percentage than men who answered the same questions sober. Alcohol may enhance creativity by reducing the capacity for memory, which makes a person concentrate on one thing in particular, said Professor Jennifer Wiley of the University of Illinois in Chicago. Study published in journal Consciousness and Cognition.  It also found that people with a BAC of over 0.07 were worse at solving problems that required attention, but better at solving creative problems. The loosening effect of alcohol on one’s ability to focus may open up novel possibilities for problem solving. The authors of the study also wrote about the accomplishments of many famous writers, musicians, thinkers, and artists such as Poe, Hemingway, Beethoven, Pollock, and Socrates who were aided by alcohol in achieving their visions.

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