Ask Bacchus: Does Drinking Make Us Smarter?

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2012 research showed that men become better at creative problem solving after they consume alcohol.

Last night's Trivia WInners, the all-male team Teenage Dream can certainly attest to that! For a recap and photos, click here.

Although some people believe that alcohol can inhibit your normal thinking processes, the study from the University of Illinois showed that the additional drinks allowed for more innovative answers that, in the end, equaled more correct answers on a brain teaser test.

We have this assumption, that being able to focus on one part of a problem or having a lot of expertise is better for problem solving, but that's not necessarily true. Innovation may happen when people are not so focused.

The crux of the study:

alcohol improves creative memory by decreasing working memory, which is the ability to remember one thing while you're thinking of something else.

Of course, Bacchus recommends that you drink responsibly and, please note that these studies were conducted with blood alcohol levels below the legal limit.

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