Beer promotes happiness, friendliness: Study

Beer promotes happiness, friendliness: Study

You may want to raise a glass to the good news: Beer can make you happier, friendlier, and less inhibited. The new study found that some beer drinkers even feel sexier. Lead researcher Matthias Liechti said, “We found that drinking a glass of beer helps people see happy faces faster, and enhances concern for positive emotional situations.”

The researchers studied 30 men and 30 women. Half of the participants were advised to drink beer to the point their blood alcohol level rose to 0.4 grams per liter, and the other half drank nonalcoholic beer.

Before and after the drinking, the participants performed different tasks including facial recognition and tasks testing their empathy and sexual arousal. Both groups then switched roles and repeated the tests.

The researchers found that people were more eager to become social after one or two drinks. The more they drank the more comfortable they felt looking at sexually explicit images – women more so than men.

Dr. Wim van den Brink, former head of the ECNP Scientific Program Committee, added, “This is an interesting study confirming conventional wisdom that alcohol is a social lubricant and that moderate use of alcohol makes people happier, more social, and less inhibited when it comes to sexual engagement.”

“It should also be recognized that different effects of alcohol can be seen according to whether your blood alcohol is increasing or decreasing, and of course how much alcohol you have taken,” he continued.

The findings were published in Psychopharmacology.


Author Bio

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.

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