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Drinking Alcohol May Improve Problem-Solving Skills, Study Finds

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Lately, there've been plenty of food-related studies yielding terrible news--red meat is killing us all, fatty food zaps sperm, imported food may lead to disease outbreak--so it's a shocker when new research makes us think, "Heck, yeah!"  

Well, here's some good news for your Friday the 13th: Drinking alcohol may enhance a person's creative problem-solving skills. 

According to Medical Daily, scientists found that men who either drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers got more questions right and were quicker in delivering those correct answers compared to men who answered the questions sober. (An example of a teaser: What's associated with the words blue, cottage and Swiss?)

When it comes to creative tasks, Jennifer Wiley, the study's lead author, believes that "being too focused can blind you to novel possibilities, and a broader, more flexible state of attention is needed for creative solutions to emerge." Alcohol reduces one's ability to concentrate on something in particular, and distraction can lead to innovation. It makes sense. Writers have long known that a couple of drinks can help get the creative juices flowing and make us more bold in our decisions. 

It worth noting again that this study only applies to creative skills--not relationship or driving skills.  

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Yourmom
Yourmom

where the fuck is you at?

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

So, um, they just proved the existence of something casual billiards players have known for decades: beer trim.

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

And dart players! Not that I'm one of them. I did not know it had a name.

Mr. Rosewater
Mr. Rosewater

That's gotta be the cheesiest example of a "teaser" I've ever seen.

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

So I can use alcohol to solve my drinking problem? Excellent!

909Jeff
909Jeff

I know I'm better at Call of Duty or MOH when I'm firing back PBR's 

Also Im a better shot when I'm drinking! Got second place in my division in a shooting tourney recently... You guessed it I was sippin on the suds! 

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