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Alcohol sharpens the mind, research finds


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:46 PM

www.telegraph.co.uk said:

Men who drink two pints of beer before tackling brain teasers perform better than those who attempt the riddles sober, scientists have found.

In findings that will be toasted by pub quiz aficionados, researchers found drinkers got more test questions right and were quicker in delivering the right answers.

It is thought alcohol hinders analytical thinking and allows 'creative' thoughts that might otherwise by stifled to take root, allowing test subjects to come up with more imaginative solutions.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:50 PM

Does it also make people better drivers?


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:59 PM

Quite interesting. I've also noticed that after drinking relatively small quantities of alcohol.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

My take on this is that this may have a lot to do with one having a good memory as well.

When drinking, people tend to 'snap' to a decision faster than when not drinking. If you waffle on something too long and add too much logic to the equation then the chances of making the wrong decision may actually be higher.

If you have a good memory and go with your instinctive reaction to questions, I'm guessing the odds of being correct are greater.


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

I wonder if the scientists had been drinking when they came up with this study.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:44 AM

 Still Waters, on 11 April 2012 - 03:15 PM, said:

I wonder if the scientists had been drinking when they came up with this study.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:46 AM

Well apparently it sharpens the age too :P  :innocent:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:03 PM

I think that an interesting conclusion is in the last paragraph.

"The bottom line is that we think being too focused can blind you to novel    possibilities, and a broader, more flexible state of attention is needed for    creative solutions to emerge."

Makes sense to me.
What to others think about this?


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

I don't think that someone who just happen to act without applying the mind thoroughly has a sharpened mind,maybe these researchers "sharpened" their minds before conducting this research.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:58 PM

IMO, drunk folks always *think* they're doing better. Personally, I'm not convinced of this...despite what these particular researchers have concluded. Just sayin'  :whistle:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:43 PM

 Karlis, on 12 April 2012 - 01:03 PM, said:

I think that an interesting conclusion is in the last paragraph.

"The bottom line is that we think being too focused can blind you to novel    possibilities, and a broader, more flexible state of attention is needed for    creative solutions to emerge."

Makes sense to me.
What to others think about this?

Makes sense to me as well.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:45 PM

 Lilly, on 12 April 2012 - 05:58 PM, said:

IMO, drunk folks always *think* they're doing better. Personally, I'm not convinced of this...despite what these particular researchers have concluded. Just sayin'  :whistle:
The OP didn't mention drunk folks, unless they were drunk with a couple of beer (OK add a 3rd and you would get me there but still :P )

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:52 PM

 Lilly, on 12 April 2012 - 05:58 PM, said:

IMO, drunk folks always *think* they're doing better. Personally, I'm not convinced of this...despite what these particular researchers have concluded. Just sayin'  :whistle:

They are talking about subjects that have ingested two pints of beer. This is equivalent to about 30-40oz depending if US or UK units.

In other words, I highly doubt that they were drunk.

In low doses, alcohol have been shown to have "stimulant-like" properties among many people including myself.

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