[Assam] [assam] Alcohol can sharpen the mind
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Fri Apr 27 19:49:37 IST 2012
Euroweekly News (26 April-2 May 2012)
AN alcoholic drink or two can sharpen up the mind. Men who enjoy a
relaxing drink are better at solving brain teasers than those who are
stone cold sober, a study by the University of Illinois (US) found.
Those in the study drank solved nearly 40 per cent more problems than
the non-drinkers and took an average of 12 seconds per question
compared to 15.5 seconds needed by the sober subjects.
It is thought that alcohol hinders analytical thinking, allowing
creative thoughts that otherwise might be stifled to take root. The
amount of alcohol found to spark creative thought was around four units.
This is equivalent to two pints of bear or two medium glasses of wine.
"We tested what happens when people are slightly merry, not when people
drink to extremes," said co-author Jennifer Wiley
"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.
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