SAY WHAT? New Study Links Mental Clarity to Alcohol


We are used to seeing labels on alcohol bottles warning us that too much consumption can result in memory loss or a daze.  However, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Graz in Austria proves that alcohol consumption can actually lead to mental clarity and spark creative thought.

Seventy volunteers between the ages of 19 and 32 were given both alcohol-free and regular beer before taking a series of tests. The experiment showed volunteers performing better on a word problem test after drinking a pint of beer than they did after drinking the non-alcoholic drinks. The researchers did note, however, concentration and memory issues were apparent during other skill tests.

"While many activities usually benefit from high cognitive control, some may actually suffer from too much focus," said the study's lead author Dr. Mathias Benedek. "Alcohol may reduce fixation effects by loosening the focus of attention. Thereby, alcohol may facilitate a broader associative search and the effective solving of creative tasks that are prone to fixation effects."

The study states that although the pint of beer enhanced creativity, researchers never tested how consuming a higher level of alcohol would affect creativity and clarity.  Changing the age of participants and the amount of alcohol consumed could affect the outcome in a study like this.

So for those of you who like to kick back at the end of the day and enjoy a few beers, you might actually be benefiting from it.

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